Starting last week, a number of supermarkets and vendors in 22 cities across Indonesia began charging customers for using plastic bags in a bid to reduce waste. The policy, initiated by the Ministry for the Environment and Forestry, will be on a six-month trial run before it is implemented elsewhere and that the cost of each plastic bag depends on the respective provincial and city governments, the Jakarta Globe reports. Although the ministry recommended a price of no less than Rp. 200, The Jakarta government has plans to charge up to Rp 5,000 per bag to customers while Balikpapan has reportedly charge Rp. 1,500 per bag.
Finally, some possible good environmental news: Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya has implied that the government may transform the currently commercially-used Senayan Golf Driving Range (not the previously reported Senayan Golf), located within the Gelora Bung Karno complex into a city park as early as next month,Kompas.com reports. We can’t wait until this comes true!
After Joey Alexander, another proud moment for Indonesians as we are going to have our first F1 driver in history, the 23 year old Rio Haryanto. Despite the controversies regarding the amount of funding Rio Haryanto, backed by State-owned Pertamina and the Ministry of Youth and Sports need to pay to his team—amounting to 15 million euros— Formula One race is indeed one of the most prestigious and he most popular sporting events in the world with number of viewers just beaten by the World Cup and the Olympics. Rio will make his F1 debut at the Australian Grand Prix on 20 March.
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