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Jakarta Post

Green Iftar, '#RamadanHijau' campaign to reduce iftar waste

  • Vela Andapita¬†

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 21, 2019   /  01:12 pm
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Workers at the canteen of Istiqlal Grand Mosque in Central Jakarta pack iftar meals into carton food boxes on Saturday. The grand mosque serves up to 4,500 people for iftar each day, contributing to the capital's waste problem. (JP/Dames Alexander Sinaga)

Jakartans are no stranger to the mountain of trash produced during Ramadan at the end of every bukber (short for buka bersama; breaking-of-the-fast together). Carton and styrofoam boxes, plastic cups and cutlery, and, of course, food waste dominate the trash. The Burj Al Bakrie Mosque in Kuningan, South Jakarta, is trying to prove otherwise by taking the Muhammadan saying, "cleanliness is part of faith", to the next level with its Green Iftar program. The Burj Al Bakrie, which is located on the basement floor of the Bakrie Tower on Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said, is the first mosque to implement such a program. The program is initiated under the EcoMasjid movement of the Indonesian Ulema Council’s (MUI) Glorifying the Environment Body (LPLH-MUI). “We have been conducting the Green Iftar [pr...