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Learning to live green at Kampung Hijau Berseri

  • Maria Michelle Angela

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, November 14, 2019   /  08:53 am
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Kampung Hijau Berseri has built a reputation for community efforts to reuse, reduce and recycle trash.(JP/Anggie Angela)

The gates to the neighborhood are covered with vines and many other plants. Trash bins for organic and nonorganic waste are placed approximately 20 steps from each other. The area feels fresh with cool air. That was the ambience of community unit (RW) 3 in the subdistrict of East Cempaka Putih in Cempaka Putih district, Central Jakarta. The Jakarta administration recently declared the neighborhood a model for shared responsibility in waste management. Dubbed Kampung Hijau Berseri, everything in the surrounding seems to testify to the community unit’s reputation. Aan Ardjali, a resident of neighborhood unit (RT) 9 and the former head of RW 3, said the community had been living the green life for a decade. Although it has been a decade, the community’s focus shifts from time to time. Back then, Aan said, they had focused on campaigning for clean and healthy behavior...