Moving on from Roy's mention of the excellent efforts by green school, Bali, we see the use of plastic bags being regulated in Jakarta.
http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/02/24 … stic-Bags.
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta government has a Regional Regulation (Perda) No.3/2013 on sanitation which says that modern stores that fails to provide environmentally friendly plastic bags would be subjected to Rp5 million to Rp25 million sanction.
The regional regulations requires retail businesses to provide plastics with higher prices. The provincial government has set the price at Rp800 to Rp1,000. Higher prices would prevent retail businesses from providing plastic bags for free.
“No need for Rp200 [plastic bag price]. If they use environmentally friendly plastic, it would cost Rp800 to Rp1,000. They would certainly start providing [paid] plastic bags,” said Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) at the City Hall, Tuesday, February 23, 2016.
Beside retail businesses, the policy will also be implemented in traditional markets. “We will start with modern markets first,” he said.
This is excellent news for the environment in general, but will also probably help the flooding problems as the bags will become less common, so not as many will find their way into the drains.
I've already bought my green bags, will you?