The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Environment Agency recorded that the amount of waste produced by Jakartans increased by 4 percent during Ramadhan.
Agency head Isnawa Adji said in a statement that from January to May this year, the agency transported 7,710 tons of waste every day to Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java.
“The figure rose to an average of 7,999 tons every day since the beginning of Ramadhan. This is an increase of around 289 tons per day,” he said.
“The increase is due to changes in people’s consumption patterns. They tend to consume more food during iftar [breaking-of-the-fast meal] and sahur [predawn meal],” he added.
Most of the excess is domestic waste, such as food, fruit, vegetables and plastic waste.
“[The amount of waste] usually starts decreasing a week before and after Idul Fitri. Many people leave the city for mudik [traveling ho...