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Jakarta Post

Children take center stage in waste bank initiative

  • A. Kurniawan Ulung


Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  12:15 am

Bambang Suwerda ( school, sixth grader Aulia Wulan helps serve coffee and instant noodles at her aunt’s food stall in Bantul regency, Yogyakarta.

The 12-year-old girl then disposes of mineral-water bottles and instant noodle and coffee packages into two baskets provided by her father, Muhasim, 48, who helps her sort them properly.

Since becoming a customer of the Gemah Ripah Waste Bank in Badegan village in Bantul, the first waste bank in Indonesia, Aulia now understands the concept of separating waste and the value of trash.  

Muhasim regularly visits the waste bank with recyclable items to exchange for money that is recorded in Aulia’s waste-savings book.    

“She will withdraw the money after graduating and will use it to buy junior high school books,” he said, adding that she withdrew up to Rp 500,000 (US$36) in...