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River cleanup met with mixed reaction as scavengers lose source of income

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Tangerang   /   Sun, December 22, 2019   /  12:37 pm
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A scavenger collects trash in an illegal dumpsite in Teluk Naga district, Tangerang, Banten, on Dec. 17. (Kompas.com/Singgih Wiryono)

People living in a number of areas of Tangerang regency, Banten might be breathing a little easier, as the local administration has helped clear the Cisadane River of piles of trash.  The regency administration has been working with the Indonesian Military (TNI) to clean the river since September. The two institutions have also urged people to stop throwing garbage into the river and onto its banks as the practice remains pervasive. Regency officials placed warning signs against littering and reminded the public that throwing thrash into the river violated a 2012 bylaw on littering. The bylaw stipulates that violators could face a maximum penalty of three months’ imprisonment and a fine of Rp 50 million (US$ 3,576).   Tangerang was in the spotlight recently following viral photos and videos of what netizens dubbed a “trash islet” t...