Jakarta to collect more e-waste in 2018
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Environment Agency expects to collect more electronic waste (e-waste) from residents in 2018 after providing more drop boxes in public places.
The agency has provided e-waste drop boxes at its sub-district and district offices, as well as at its information booths on weekly Car Free Day on Jl. MH Thamrin and Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta.
“Besides Car Free Day, we want to provide drop boxes at Transjakarta bus shelters to target bus passengers,” the agency's hazardous and toxic waste management division head, Rosa Ambarsari, told The Jakarta Post recently.
"We are still in talks with [city-owned bus operator] PT. Transjakarta about it," she said.
The agency collected 5.3 tons of e-waste from Jakarta residents -- such as hair dryers, fans, light bulbs, washing machines, air conditioning units, fax machines and rice cookers -- through its e-waste collection program last year. It also collected 1,270 unused smartphones.
Last month, the agency initiated an e-waste pick-up program directly from residents’ houses, free of charge. Jakarta residents, who have e-waste of up to 5 kilograms or more, can request the pick-up service by filling in a form on the agency’s official website, https://lingkunganhidup.jakarta.go.id.
To process the e-waste, the agency is cooperating with e-waste treatment companies PT. Prasadha Pamunah Limbah Industri (PPLI) to process electronic gadgets and PT. Mukti Mandiri Lestari for other types of e-waste. (roi)
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