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Jakarta Post

Letting others pick up our garbage, leaving the city dirty

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, January 27 2009   /  01:25 pm

What is Jakarta famous for? For some, it's famous for the National Monument (Monas). Others say Jakarta is a haven for cheap and pirated software in the Glodok area. Many say Jakarta is known for its busway, which went into service in 2005. But there are some people who also say that Jakarta is known for its bad traffic, floods and, of course, trash. Just look around whenever there are celebrations or major events. From Idul Fitri mass prayers to New Year's Eve celebrations, you can see trash everywhere. It ranges from newspapers and plastic bottles, to half-eaten gorengan (fried snacks of tofu, tempeh or banana). From my experience taking part in Idul Fitri prayers, people usually carry newspapers to protect their prayers mats from direct contact with the ground. Once the prayers are over, they take back their mats but leave the papers behind. Then dozens of trash...