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Jakarta Post

Overcapacity at Rawa Kucing landfill blamed for bad smell, health issues

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 2, 2020   /  05:20 pm
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Workers dump piles of garbage from a truck into a landfill in this file photo.(Antara Foto/Risky Andrianto)

Arief, 34, is a mechanic who has lived in Neglasari district, Tangerang City, for 20 years. Living about 300 meters away from the Rawa Kucing landfill, Arief is familiar with the stench that emanates from dump site. The unpleasant smell has worsened to such an extent over the past few months that Arief and other residents have started complaining. The smell is causing nausea and vomiting among residents. It has also brought flies into residents’ houses. The reason is overcapacity at the Rawa Kucing landfill. Even though the dump site has undergone several improvements, a poorly managed mountain of garbage has continued to create problems. For months, Arief said, the stench had been almost unbearable, especially after the mountain of garbage began to overtake an empty space behind his house and hordes of flies began to infest his home. The unpleasant smell gets worse whe...