Indonesia’s 0.59 million ton marine debris dump

Uncategorized Faizah Kamal 12-Dec-2019

Between 0.27 million tons and 0.59 million tons of marine debris was dumped in Indonesia in 2018, with Styrofoam making up most of it, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) disclosed in its most recent research on Thursday.

More Styrofoam-based garbage was found dumped in the waters than plastic bottles since the latter had a higher value, according to LIPI’s chairman Laksana Tri Handoko.

“Glass bottles and plastic bottles are most likely to be picked by waste-scavengers as they could be recycled, while Styrofoam could not be reused,” Handoko explained, after attending the launch of national data on marine debris in Jakarta.