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Jakarta Post

'Reduce waste' to cope with budget cut

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 17 2008   /  10:54 am

The city administration should reduce garbage rather than relying on its budget to finance the operation of garbage trucks, an activist says following reports that the city budget will be lower next year. Bagong Suyoto, head of the coalition for national garbage management, said the smaller budget would not pose a problem if the administration implemented a 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) program in the trade, industry and education sectors. "The city administration should also enforce the Garbage Law by drafting a bylaw on extended producer responsibility (EPR), so each producer recycles the garbage that results from their products," he said. In the 2009 draft budget, the city sanitation agency asked for Rp 568.34 billion (US$47.93 million), about Rp 23 billion less than the budget this year. In 2007, the budget was Rp 710.26 billion. Bagong said t...