The Jakarta Post
The Bantar Gebang dumpsite in Bekasi, West Java, is said to have nearly reach maximum capacity and is predicted to last for three more years.
Jakarta Environment Agency head Isnawa Adji said the volume of garbage at the dumpsite had reached 39 million tons with a height of 40 meters.
“The maximum capacity of the dumpsite is 49 million tons and we only have 10 million tons left,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.
With the dumpsite receiving up to 7,000 tons of garbage a day, Isnawa expected that the final site would only last for another three more years. So by 2021, Jakarta has to find a new site for its garbage.
However, Isnawa said there were two ways to prolong the dumpsite's lifetime such as acquiring land and decreasing the volume of garbage dumped at Bantar Gebang by limiting the use of single-use plastic bags.
“Those bags contribute up to 40 percent of the garbage in the city,” he added.
The Jakarta administration is also working on constructing dumpsites with a capacity of 100 tons in every district in the city. It is also planning to construct a garbage processing facility known as an intermediate treatment facility (ITF).
Isnawa said the ITF in Sunter, North Jakarta, which will start construction in December, could receive up to 2,200 tons of trash a day and reduce the amount of garbage dumped at Bantar Gebang. The facility could also generate electricity to power the city. (ris)