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City collects Rp 64 million from litterbugs

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 19, 2017   /   09:15 pm
City collects Rp 64 million from litterbugs Symbol: Thousands of cigarette butts collected from streets and beaches are a symbolic reminder of people's low awareness about the effects of littering. (Malu Dong Community/File)

Jakarta Environment Agency has collected Rp 64 million (US$4,800) through fines paid by litterbugs.

“The amount is Rp 64 million with the number of the violators reaching 700,” said agency head Isnawa Adji on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com

Last year, the agency collected Rp 201 million in fines.

He added that people caught littering were fined up to Rp 500,000. The money goes into the local treasury.

According to a 2013 bylaw on waste management, litterbugs can be fined a maximum Rp 100,000, while people who throw garbage into a river can be fined a maximum Rp 500,000.

However, not all litterbugs are fined. Children, for example, may be asked to assist garbage collectors if caught littering. (wnd)