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Jakarta Post

RI at incinerator policy crossroads

  • Arya Dipa and Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta and Bandung   /   Mon, May 4 2020   /  12:42 am

Fifteen years have passed since an avalanche of waste at Leuwigajah landfill in Cimahi, West Java, killed at least 147 people—a tragedy that was not unheard of in Indonesia, a country that produces 64 million tons of waste annually.

Rather than pushing people to reduce consumption and sort their own waste at home, the government is pinning its hopes on incinerators, also known as waste-to-energy power plants (PLTSa), which are still heavily criticized for environmental and financial drawbacks.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) does not support the incinerator plan. It concluded through a study on PLTSa in March that they would potentially put a strain on local administrations’ budgets and state electricity firm PLN due to the “unfair business model” that it found in the government-to-business cooperation (KPBU) scheme implemented for the project.