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Jakarta Post

Hundreds clean woefully littered Mt. Rinjani, expect to bring down 5 tons of trash

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara   /   Sun, December 11, 2016   /  09:27 am
Hundreds clean woefully littered Mt. Rinjani, expect to bring down 5 tons of trash More than 500 people prepare themselves on Dec. 10 for cleaning up and planting trees on Mt. Rinjani, a tourism destination famous for its beauty and notorious for its dirty condition. (JP/Panca Nugraha)

More than 500 people from various institutions are picking up trash littered on Mount Rinjani and are planting trees along the mountain's paths over the weekend.

Rinjani is famous for its beauty, but also notorious for its trash.

The 500 are from the Indonesian Military, the National Police, the Mt. Rinjani National Park Body (TNGR), the West Nusa Tenggara Culture and Tourism Agency, the West Nusa Tenggara Forestry Agency, the mountaineering community and West Nusa Tenggara’s National Search and Rescue Team,

“We call the cleaning up and planting trees a 'Love for Rinjani Action'. This is our first event and it is to raise awareness among trekkers not to litter here,” West Nusa Tenggara Governor Muhammad Amin said Saturday.

The head of the Culture and Tourism Agency, Lalu Muhammad Faozal, said the event was an answer to criticism about the woeful condition of Rinjani. He said the event would be held regularly. “Tourists are welcome to participate,” he said.

The national park body expected each person would carry down 10 kilograms of trash, thus the total amount of litter would be about 5 metric tons. The institution plans to analyze the types of litter afterwards for their own database. (evi)

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