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Banking on the environment

  • Suherdjoko and Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Bantul   /   Tue, March 31 2009   /  03:27 pm

Extraordinary bank: Residents bring their trash to a “bank” in Bantul, Yogyakarta. They can collect their saving every three months. JP/Suherdjoko Prayitno, a middle-aged man, braved the drizzle as he carried a sack of papers in his left hand and a TV antenna cardboard box in his right. It was 8:30 on a Friday night when he reached his destination, where he was warmly welcomed by three teenagers, Galuh Ari Sutrisna, Panji Dewa Saputra, and Tania. The students are "bank tellers", and Prayitno is one of their customers. But what kind of bank is open at night? A very unusual bank - indeed the only one of its kind in the country. Located in Bandegan hamlet, Bantul village in Yogyakarta's Sleman regency, it is called Bank Sampah Gemah Ripah or Prosperous Trash Bank. As the name suggests, its customers do not come to deposit cash, but to hand ...