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Sorting trash before collection to improve waste management

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, August 19 2019   /  01:48 am

Every morning since February 1980, Udin Samsudin, 62, has been collecting garbage dumped by residents of community unit (RW) 09 in Sukaluyu subdistrict, Cibeunying Kaler district, Bandung. He starts at 6 a.m. with his handcart, going from door to door to gather household waste.Udin is in charge of collecting waste from more than 400 houses in RW09. The father of five very rarely uses a mask to protect himself from garbage gas hazardous to human health. “I wear a mask whenever somebody gives me some until they’re used up,” said Udin while pushing his cart along narrow alleyways. After working with garbage for such a long time, Udin felt its impact only around December 2017, when he was treated at the Bandung City General Hospital for two weeks, followed by another two weeks of home care. “At first, I had a headache and vomited. I was X-rayed at the hospital, and the doctor said th...