City workers clear 1,600 tons trash under North Jakarta toll road
The Jakarta Post
About 1,600 tons of trash under the Pelabuhan toll road in Warakas subdistrict in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, has been removed by the city’s sanitary workers after 28 days.
The Tanjung Priok environment unit head, Basrudin, said the trash could only be cleared manually because the location is inaccessible to garbage trucks.
Kompas.com reported on Thursday that the heap of trash had been removed, but some still remained behind.
Basrudin said the waste could only be removed by heavy equipment.
“It’s hard to clear the waste manually. However, there is no access for heavy equipment here.”
Basrudin said he hoped PT Citra Marga Nusaphala Persada, the toll road developer and owner of the land, would erect a fence to prevent people from dumping their waste on the land.
City workers would continue to monitor the land and clear the waste, he added.
A recent report stated that the trash had been accumulating in the space for the past two decades, ever since the toll road was constructed in 1993.
The joint team consisting of 310 personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI), Public Facility Maintenance Agency (PPSU) and the environment agency, cleared the land by using three-wheeled garbage motorcycles. (cal)
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