I’m writing in response to the news article, ‘Brunei highest waste generator in ASEAN’, published in the Bulletin on October 7.
While I commend the authorities for trying to limit plastic pollution by implementing the no-plastic-bag initiative across the country, I believe the usage of plastic remains widespread.
A visit to a night market and one can see how much plastic is used to package food items. As a Bruneian, I understand that food is an important part of our culture. However, there must be a way to reduce the amount of packaging used. Perhaps the authorities could introduce a mandate that requires visitors to bring containers to the night market.
A friend of mine recently admitted to being the biggest waste generator in his family. As a junk food lover, he goes through a large amount of soft drinks and potato chips. On average, he accumulates three kilogrammes of rubbish a day.
I believe that food itself is another contributor to waste. At restaurants, it is not uncommon to see people ordering more than they can handle, and leave half-eaten plates everywhere.
The same goes for those who frequent night markets. It is possible that, food being so affordable in Brunei, is the main culprit behind food wastage.
Another friend enjoys going to the night market weekly and spends BND20 on whatever that tickles his fancy. More often than not, he struggles to go through even half of what he buys. But it doesn’t stop him from wanting to spend that amount every week.
While the news item did not elaborate on the types of waste generated in the country, it would still be good to see more campaigns in the future to raise awareness on the environmental impact of waste pollution.