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Piles of trash after lake festival blamed on people's 'littering issue'

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 27, 2018   /   05:10 pm
Piles of trash after lake festival blamed on people's 'littering issue' Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti paddles her way to victory on Lake Sunter, North Jakarta, in a race against Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno on Sunday. (The Jakarta Post/Adeline Sunarjo)

The Sunter Lake Festival, which featured a watersport race between Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti on Sunday, has left piles of trash scattered around the lake.

Used food and beverage packaging as well as banners of the festival were seen mostly in the northern and southern part of the area.

Public Facility Maintenance Agency (PPSU) officials were busy cleaning up the mess on Monday.

"We didn’t get a chance to clean up the area right after the festival,” a PPSU worker who wished to remain unidentified told tempo.co.

Susi outraced Sandiaga at the opening event of the Lake Sunter Festival on Sunday, following the latter’s promise to clean up the lake so that the two of them could have a race across it.

North Jakarta Mayor Husain Murad said littering at Lake Sunter would continue as long as the people visiting the area still had a trash issue. Murad went on to say that he had deployed officers from the North Jakarta Sanitation department to take care of the lake’s cleanliness.

"We’re working on it now," Murad said.

The North Jakarta Environment department has set up 41 garbage bins in the lake area. The bins allow to separate trash into three categories, namely wet, dry and toxic. (vla)