The Jakarta Post
After a major clean-up under the Wiyoto Wiyono toll road in North Jakarta, where the public had illegally dumped their trash, residents are reportedly at it again.
Last April, more than 1,600 tons of waste were removed from the area.
One of the spots is located in neighborhood unit (RT) 11, community unit (RW) 8, in Papanggo subdistrict, North Jakarta.
Tanjung Priok environment unit head Basrudin claimed that the garbage had been recently dumped by residents.
The head of RW 11, Ujang Johan, said he did not know of any residents who used the land as a dumping site, claiming that the garbage was dumped by non-residents.
"We want to prohibit them from disposing their waste there. However, they are not residents of the area. They come from somewhere else," Ujang said as reported by kompas.com on Wednesday.
He added that residents’ garbage was transported to the Waduk Cincin landfill by trash collectors who were paid by the neighborhood unit.
On Monday, 200 North Jakarta Environment Agency officers were deployed to clean up the spot.
As of Tuesday, waste amounting to 146 tons had been transported to the landfill.
The clean-up will continue until Sunday.
Another dead space filled with waste is on Jl. Sungai Bambu Raya in Tanjung Priok district, North Jakarta.
Trash collectors collect tons of waste every day from the spot even though dumping in the area is banned.
"Disposing of waste in the area is not allowed. In the end we have to handle it," the head of the Sungai Bambu subdistrict environment unit, Amincon Panggabean, said.
"Residents have been dumping their waste here for years. Nearby landfills have closed down, so it is better than throwing it in the rivers," said one of the residents, Rudi.
The Jakarta Environment Agency’s Isnawa Adji said it was planning to provide dust bins or motor waste carts to prevent littering.
Isnawa added that the waste under the Wiyoto Wiyono toll road was caused by a toll road operator who did not maintain the area. (ars)