The Jakarta Post
New Year’s Eve parties have left behind around 225 tons of garbage spread across several locations throughout Jakarta.
“It is estimated that the celebrations produced 225 tons of garbage excluding Ancol. Around 80 percent of the garbage is non-degradable,” said Isnawa Adji, the head of the Jakarta Sanitation Agency, on Sunday as quoted by Antara news agency.
Most of the garbage comes in the form of packaged plastics, styrofoam, paper and paper trumpets. The garbage will be dumped into the Bantar Gebang waste treatment facility in Bekasi, West Java.
Starting at 12:30 a.m., 6,000 workers in orange uniforms began to clean away the garbage piled up at locations popular for New Year’s Eve celebrations including the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, Medan Merdeka, the Tugu Tani statue area, the National Monument, the Kota Tua historical district and the Taman Mini Indonesia cultural park.
The garbage cleaning process at Kota Tua was hampered by several people who chose to stay in the area until the sunrise.
Street vendors, as well as motorcycles and cars parked on the road, also made the cleaning more difficult, Isnawa added. (wnd/wit)
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