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Jakarta Post

Don’t waste, donate: Groups offer green alternatives to sort waste woes

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 11, 2020   /  01:03 pm
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Local scavenger Rosani Saalih, 53, poses amid piles of waste at the Cipayung dumpsite in Depok, West Java, on Jan. 15.(JP/Yunindita Prasidya)

Every house has that special corner where items that are no longer needed are stacked up and ignored for a long time. Throwing them away might not be the most environmentally considerate option to take, but there is another option: donate them. It was 8:30 a.m. on a Thursday, and Likin and Roni were on their way to pick up used items from a donor in Bekasi, West Java. “The furthest place we’ve visited [to pick up donations] is Tangerang. It took us about 1.5 hours to get there. Most of the donors are in Serpong, [South Tangerang],” Likin said. They work for Donasi Barang, an organization managed by the Cagar Foundation and based in Bekasi. Donasi Barang seeks to prolong the lives of used items, to prevent them from being thrown away and dumped in a landfill. The initiative works with a number of partners, both organizations and individuals, to whom it sells ...