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20-meter mountain of waste piles up in Depok landfill, officials warn of possible collapse

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Depok   /   Thu, December 27, 2018   /   05:05 pm
20-meter mountain of waste piles up in Depok landfill, officials warn of possible collapse Waste has piled up to form a 20-meter mountain of trash in the Cipayung landfill in Depok, West Java. Authorities have warned about the possible danger to nearby residents. (kompas.com/Alsadad Rudi)

The Cipayung landfill in Depok, West Java, has exceeded its maximum capacity, posing a danger to nearby residents, an official has said. 

According to Iyay Gumelar, head of the Depok Environment Agency’s sanitation division, trash had piled up to form a 20-meter-high mountain of waste. 

“We are afraid it will collapse and harm the surrounding residents,” Iyay said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com

The agency is currently working toward a solution that would prevent the worst-case scenario of waste collapsing onto residents, which includes temporarily stopping trash from entering the site and moving it to a final waste disposal site in Klapanunggal, Bogor regency, West Java. 

Nearly 300 tons of waste from the site will be transferred to its neighboring regency per day, Iyay said. 

“We have proposed the idea to [West Java Governor] Ridwan Kamil and we are waiting for his approval,” he said.

According to the administration’s data, the city produces more than 1,200 tons of waste daily, around 100 tons of which is plastic waste. (fac)