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Jakarta Post

Muara Angke swamped with tons of plastic

  • Winda A. Charmila

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 19 2018   /  01:06 am

Mucky task: Sanitation workers tackle garbage piling up in what should be a mangrove area in Muara Angke, North Jakarta, on Sunday.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)Instead of pristine water and mangrove forests, visitors to the seashore of Muara Angke in North Jakarta will find mountains of trash.

Plastic bottles and food and beverage packaging pile up to a height of 1.5 meters in some parts of the area of around 3,750 square meters.

A clean-up organized by the regency of Thousand Islands and the North Jakarta Environment Agency, which started Saturday, has seen around 19 tons of waste lifted so far, according to agency head Yusen Hardiman.

“We have deployed 400 teams to clean up the waste,” Yusen said on Sunday.

The agency aims to complete the clean-up within a week with the help of an amphibious backhoe from Jakarta’s water body sanitation unit.

Yusen sai...