Cleanse Bengawan Solo River From Microplastic, Before it's too Late!

Cleanse Bengawan Solo River From Microplastic, Before it's too Late!

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Bengawan Solooo, your history is now…. full of microplastics!

This is a fact, friends. Early 2020, we conducted research there. The result is that the Bengawan Solo river water contains microplastics.

Bengawan Solo has great benefits for people's lives in East Java and Central Java. This river is very important for survival there, including as a source of drinking water, clean water, industrial raw materials and irrigation for thousands of hectares of ponds and agricultural land.

If the water is contaminated with microplastics, it means that the fish and shrimp in the river have eaten microplastics.

Exactly the results of research from the TCC (Trash Control Community) Sunan Ampel State Islamic University (UINSA) community in Surabaya. They said that the fish and shrimp in the Bengawan Solo river were contaminated with microplastics. In a fish, we found 28 microplastic particles and in a shrimp found 16 microplastic particles.

What are microplastics? Small plastics with size less then <5mm. It come from industries that produce microlastics, secondly from large plastic crumbs.

What is the danger? If consumed, it can interfere with metabolism and hormones because there are Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). The mildest effect is diarrhea, and the most severe can trigger cervical cancer, breast, lymph nodes, skin and nasopharynx.

What is the source? Plastic waste and textile factories.

When we did research with Biology students of Airlangga University (UNAIR) Surabaya, the results were surprising. 180 microplastic particles were found in 100 liters of water in the Bengawan Solo river. Microplastics are found in many types of Fragments, Filaments, and Fibers.

The types of fragments and filaments come from the generation of plastic waste, sachets, plastic bottled drinking water, diapers along the outskirts of Bengawan Solo. Meanwhile, the fiber comes from a textile company which is in the process of making fabrics using synthetic polyester and cotton which contribute to fiber pollutants.

We think the results of this research are enough for the government to seriously handle and clean the Bengawan Solo river.

That's why through this petition we ask the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), the Bengawan Solo River Basin Center (BBWS), the Governor of East Java and the Governor of Central Java to immediately handle microplastics in the river.

By create a regulation about Standard Quality Microplastic Content in liquid waste in industry, especially the textile industry in Indonesia.

Not only that. It is time for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to require every producer whose producing sachets, single use product, and disposable diapers to provide special bins through its Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy.

The above demands are not without a legal basis, because they are part of the concrete steps of the JAKTRANAS program which refers to Presidential Decree No. 97/2017 concerning National Policies and Strategies for the Management of Household Waste and Similar Household Waste and Government Regulation No 82/2001 on Water Pollution Control and Water Quality Management.

We need your support to sign and distribute this petition for Bengawan Solo Without, before it's too late!

#BengawanSoloWithoutMicroplastics.

Regards,

ECOTON

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