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Waste bank gives Cengkareng residents extra income

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 22, 2017   /   05:52 pm
Waste bank gives Cengkareng residents extra income Students at state-owned Islamic school Tsanawiyah 2 in Bandung strike a pose before participating in a fashion show that showcases clothes made of recycled materials during the National Waste Awareness Day celebration in Bandung. (JP/Arya Dipa)

Two months after starting operations, a waste bank in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, is providing additional income for residents.

The waste bank, called the Primary Waste Bank (BSI), is paying out millions of rupiah to residents for supplying recycable domestic waste products.

“The BSI was established in May. We have collected Rp 60 million [from the collected waste] and produced Rp 20 million in net income,” said West Jakarta Environment Agency head Edy Mulyanto, as quoted by kompas.com.

From the waste bank, the recyclable material was transported on trucks provided by the agency for further processing.

“We have an open space of 500 square meters to store items for the recycling service,” said Edy.

He said the agency had cooperated with companies like Danone and Unilever that are ready to purchase recyclable items from the waste bank.

The city’s inadequate management of trash has prompted residents and local entities to initiate their own waste treatment facilities, including by opening waste banks.