The Jakarta Post
The Ministry of Public Works, the Ministry of Environment and the Surabaya government initiated a declaration of 'Indonesian Movement for Waste Care to Create a Green and Better Society of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle' (Gerakan Indonesia Peduli Sampah Menuju Masyarakat Berbudaya Reduce, Reuse and Recycle [3R] untuk Kesejahteraan Masyarakat) on Feb. 24 in Surabaya city hall in East Java as part of this year's Waste Care Day celebration.
The declaration is also part of Indonesia government's efforts to develop many 3R pilot projects in several provinces. During 2010-2014, up to 336 3R waste processing facilities has been built by the Ministry of Public Works.
In addition to the declaration announcement, the Waste Care Day celebration also include welcome speeches by the Minister of Environment, Director General of Human Settlements from the Ministry of Public Works, East Java Governor and Surabaya Mayor as well as entertaining performances from local artists Tasya Kamila and Papa T. Bob and the country's green ambassadors.
Signed by stakeholders consisting of more than 30 local governments, entrepreneurs from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin Indonesia), NGOs and religious councils such as Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Parisada Hindu Dharma and the Indonesian Buddhists Association (Walubi), the declaration aims to encourage all elements of the government and society to care more about waste through 3R activities that hopefully will lower the amount of waste produced in the country as well as increase society's welfare.
As for the expected results of Indonesian Movement for Waste Care are to create Indonesia waste care campaign through 3R actions, encourage people to make 3R an important part of their waste-handling starting from themselves and to view waste as a potential and useful resource, motivate people to lower the amount of waste they produce, reach a minimum target of 20% waste being processed through 3R in 2019, lower the glass house emission from waste to 6% in 2020 and establish a strategic partnership with all sectors involved in waste management.
Presently, Indonesia with a total population of 237 million people -- the fourth biggest in the world and estimated to reach 270 million in 2025 -- is producing waste as much as 130,000 tons per day. Mostly it is a source of pollution now, but it can also become a huge potential of resource such as recycle materials, energy resource and many more.
The movement is also part of the fifth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific held in Shangri La Hotel Surabaya on Feb. 25-27 attended by delegations from 38 countries as well as the United Nation's international organizations.
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