Two-hundred-and-forty schools, from elementary to high School level, in North Jakarta have installed waste banks that are expected to have a positive impact on the environment as well as educate students on waste management.
Establishing waste banks was the right method in which to introduce a waste management system, North Jakarta Mayor Syamsuddin Lologau said.
“[To have 240 waste banks] is extraordinary as it means every school has a waste bank. I hope it can educate the students [on waste management],” he said on Tuesday as reported by Wartakota.tribunnews.com.
A waste bank is a collection point for trash, where residents can dispose of their sorted household waste in return for cash. Residents must first divide their waste into organic and non-organic items. Organic waste is turned into compost, while non-organic waste is divided further into three categories: plastic, paper, and bottles and metal.
Syamsuddin said waste banks have many benefits as they contribute to the environment and provide economic benefits for residents.
He added the administration aimed at promoting the installation of waste banks in local communities in a bid to cut waste and implement a better waste management system in North Jakarta.
“We hope that the students will participate and members of the public will operate waste banks in their neighborhoods. If it is implemented, we can reduce our waste and North Jakarta will be cleaner,” he added.