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Jakarta Post

Kampung residents go green and make money

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 4 2008   /  01:17 am

Piles of garbage dumped by residents in a field near Kampung Toplang in Tegal Alur subdistrict, West Jakarta, used to be burned or left to rot, polluting the area and harming the kampung children who play in the field. But last year, a group of unemployed men from the kampung built a bamboo hut on the field, where they make compost out of the organic waste and sort the nonorganic recyclable waste to be resold. The men, who call themselves "Perkumpulan Hijau" (Green Club), have not only been reducing the waste piles in the area -- they have also been making at least Rp 1 million (US$109) a month from their kampung's waste. One Green Club member, Abdul Radi, had only been interested in making some money at first but was later amazed they could turn more than 80 percent of the kampung's daily waste into useful compost and money. "I started to thi...