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Heavier punishment needed to tackle waste: Experts

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 12 2019   /  12:35 am
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Novrizal Tahar (Courtesy of Novrizal Tahar)Observers have called on the central government to impose harsher punishment on local administrations that fail to manage their waste, as Environment and Forestry Ministry data shows that all 514 cities across the country have yet to manage an average 68 percent of their garbage.The 2008 Waste Management Law requires municipal and regency administrations to manage their waste at the local level by providing sanitary landfills or waste-processing infrastructure.The Indonesian Forum for the Environment’s (Walhi) head campaigner for energy and urban issues, Dwi Sawung, said the central government had done little to address local administrations’ lack of seriousness in tackling waste problems. He urged the home and finance ministries to impose administrative sanctions on regions that still used the open-dump approach as opposed to the sanit...