DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – KFC Indonesia will not provide plastic bags for its customers in outlets in Bali. This environmental commitment started at the same time with the World Plastic No Bag Day on July 3, and also by offering an exclusive stainless straw to customers. The plastic bags will later be replaced with paper bags.
Hendra Yuniarto, General Marketing Manager of PT Fast Food Indonesia Tbk, said that as the largest fast-food chain in Indonesia, KFC always supports the government’s plans for environmental care and sustainability.
“This (the supports), including the Bali Local Government, so Bali can become an environmentally friendly tourist destination. We also have applied this policy to other regions, such as Banjarmasin (South Kalimantan) and Jambi and soon will be applied to several other cities,” he said on Friday.
The limitation of single-use plastic in Bali is stipulated in Bali Gubernatorial Regulation (Pergub) No. 97/2018, which stated businesses are prohibited from providing single-use plastics, and prohibit individuals from using it.
Hendra explained KFC Indonesia will expand this movement throughout Indonesia. But yet, he said, the consumer’s supports will mean a lot by always carrying their bag for a take away at KFC.
According to the data from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s Directorate General of Waste and B3 (hazardous and toxic waste) Management, every day, Bali produces 3,039 tons of waste and 13.92 percent (423,141 tons) of which is plastic waste.
Of all the waste produced every day, 52 percent is mismanaged waste, so that a total of 2,200 tons/day of garbage pollutes the environment including beaches and the sea which is single-use plastic waste.
Swietenia Puspa Lestari, initiator of Divers Clean Action explained, her community conducted an expedition in 2017 around Bali which was initiated by Make a Change World and Bye Bye Plastic Bag.
“We found one particle of microplastic per 300 to 3,300 liters of Bali seas and the single-use plastic waste between 30.50 to 74.89 percent. This shows the high amount of plastic waste in Bali, which has the potential to ruin Bali’s natural tourism,” she explained.
KFC’s commitment to the environment has been started since 2012 in the KFC Green Action Program, which is a continuation of the arid land planting program in 2007.
The spirit of caring for the environment was then strengthened by the No Straw Movement since May 2017. Other programs include the Beberes Cultural movement and the waste management movement. The Beberes Cultural Movement invites KFC’s consumers to take care of every leftover food, not only in KFC outlets.