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Jakarta Post

Community units take lead role in waste management

  • Olivia Dameria

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 29 2008   /  11:31 am

Community initiatives to better manage solid waste are not only considered the next effective solution to the city's chronic waste-management problems, they can also open up job opportunities. Imam Nur Akbari, marketing communication director of Aksi Cepat Tanggap, said waste recycling programs initiated in many communities in Jakarta have had multiplier effects in economic empowerment. "Communities are recycling nonorganic waste into quality goods and selling them to well-known hypermarkets," he said in a press conference on Friday. Aksi Cepat Tanggap is an NGO which addresses people's empowerment. The NGO is part of the Jakarta Green and Clean (JGC) program, initiated by a group of private companies and the city's Environmental Management Board. The companies include the household products firm PT Unilever Indonesia, the daily newspaper Republika and De...