The Jakarta Post
The amount of trash dumped at Cipayung dump in Depok, West Java, has increased by 22 percent per day during the holy month of Ramadan.
The landfill usually receives about 900 tons on regular days, but it is currently taking in about 1,100 tons per day, according the landfill’s management.
"The amount of trash has increased because during Ramadan, people tend to consume more," management representative Ardan said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.
Ardan was referring to the practice during Ramadan of buying takjil (light iftar snacks), which are mostly packed in single-use plastic. He said the volume of garbage was likely to continue increasing until Idul Fitri in the first week of June.
"I bet there will be a lot more waste at Idul Fitri as people will cook a lot of food. There will be plenty of leftover material [or waste]," he said.
Ardan said efforts were being made to optimize waste management in 11 districts across Depok so that no garbage would pile up in residential areas.
The Cipayung landfill has exceeded its maximum capacity as the mountain of waste reaches 20 to 30 meters high, posing a threat to people living in the vicinity of the dump. (vla)