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Waste bank books income of Rp 200 million in 6 months

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 1, 2017   /   07:30 am
Waste bank books income of Rp 200 million in 6 months Staff at a waste bank in Depok, West Java, sort organic waste before it is transformed into compost. (Gone Adventurin/File)

A waste bank in Bambu Larangan, Cengkareng, West Jakarta, has proven its worth as a growing business.

“Our income keeps increasing. In the period from March to August, it reached Rp 200 million (US$14,985),” said Edy Mulyanto, the head of West Jakarta’s Environmental Agency, as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.

He explained that the waste bank, called Satu Hati (One Heart) Central Waste Bank, currently comprised of 45 smaller waste bank units in eight districts and five similar units at schools in West Jakarta.

With that number, the central waste bank now had 2,000 customers, he added.

A waste bank is a collection point for trash aimed at reusing or recycling household waste dropped off by residents in return for cash.

"If the waste bank keeps up the good work, the environment will be well conserved. Hopefully, next year we will get Adipura,” he said, referring to an award for green and clean cities from the Environment and Forestry Ministry.

Edy further explained that the waste bank could book a good performance because of its cooperation with PT Danone Indonesia and state-owned Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI). The former bought plastic waste from the waste bank while BNI provided a system facilitating West Jakarta residents to become waste bank customers. (agn)