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Local companies fight against waste, one step at a time

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, October 31, 2019  /  03:05 pm
Local companies fight against waste, one step at a time

Fifty-five percent of Jakarta residents said they were unaware of waste management. (Shutterstock/ITTIGallery )

Indonesia is said to produce approximately 175,000 tons of waste daily, according to research conducted in 2015 by Bekasi-based local waste management organization Waste4Change, the Jakarta Environment and Sanitation Agency and the Environment and Forestry Ministry. Jakarta alone generates 7,000 to 7,500 tons of waste daily. Within two days, the total amount of waste produced by residents of Jakarta is equivalent to the weight of one stupa in Borobudur temple. Poor knowledge on waste management is one of the challenges the country faces. According to a study shared by Waste4Change, 55 percent of Jakarta residents said they were not familiar with waste management. Local companies from various industries, such as food and beverage and beauty, have started to address this, launching zero-waste campaigns and raising awareness on the issue.    Many restaurants in the cap...