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Communities, companies get their hands dirty to solve Jakarta’s waste problem

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, December 15, 2019   /  11:08 am
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Residents of Koja district, North Jakarta, hand over their household waste to Solihin, the owner of Bank Sampah Majelis Taklim in this file photo. Solihin's waste bank has gained popularity because of its various innovations and social programs. (JP/Nina Loasana)

With a massive amount of trash, a shortage of landfills and poor waste management, Jakarta has a serious garbage disposal problem. In the last five years the amount of waste produced by the capital city has risen 36 percent and shows no signs of slowing down. Meanwhile, the main dumpsite the city has long relied on to handle its waste, Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java, is predicted to reach its maximum capacity in the next three years. While the city administration struggles to tackle the complex problem, communities and businesspeople have shed a ray of hope by getting their hands dirty, as there have been growing movements in society where members of the public actively take part in reducing waste through numerous innovative programs. For example, waste bank initiatives in many areas of the capital offer various incentives to attract residents to sort their wa...