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Jakarta Post

Orange troops, keeping city clean while people keep littering

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, July 27, 2019   /  09:17 am
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Some 4,000 Public Facility Maintenance Agency (PPSU) city cleaners have fun at Fantasy Land at Ancol Dreamland Park in North Jakarta on July 18, celebrating their third anniversary. (tribunjakarta.com/Gerald Leonardo Agustino)

Dealing with the persistent habit of littering is something they face every day. They are, at the same time, Jakartan icons, “heroes” who ensure the clean face of the capital.   Thousands of orange troops, in reference to the color of the uniform, work in shifts around the clock in groups of 40 to 70 people to, among other things, keep the city clean from trash. Among the 7,000 tons of Jakarta trash transferred to Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java, every day, some is collected from public places. Last week, the city administration attempted to ensure the Public Facility Maintenance Agency (PPSU) workers’ hard work paid off. To commemorate the PPSU’s third anniversary, they were invited for a short escape to have fun in Fantasy Land (Dufan) theme park at Ancol Dreamland Park in North Jakarta. Under the same striking hot sun, which on regular...