Jakarta: Building Environmentally-friendly Temporary Waste Dumps in Neighborhood Units

The Jakarta Sanitation Office revealed on Tuesday that it is planning on building environmentally-friendly temporary waste dumps in each of the city’s neighborhood units.

“Ideally, in each RW [neighborhood unit], there should be one environmentally-friendly temporary waste dump that meets the Indonesian National Standard [SNI]. These dumps should have green belts and buffer zones with aromatic, smell-absorbing plants such as bamboo, jasmine and sandalwood,” Unu Nurdin, the head of the office, said.

Jakarta currently has 191 temporary waste dumps, while the number of RWs stands at 2,706. The temporary waste dumps function as collection points before rubbish is taken to the city’s open dump.

Unu added that it was also important to raise public awareness about how to live a healthy and clean lifestyle.

“Garbage should not just be dumped anywhere, including into rivers. It not only destroys the environment, but it also causes flooding,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sri Bebassari, a waste expert from the Indonesia Solid Waste Association (INSWA), said that while more temporary waste dumps were necessary, it is equally as important for Jakarta to build more waste-processing facilities.

“Jakarta should have its own garbage dump,” Sri said, referring to the capital’s main disposal site in West Java.

Source: JakartaGlobe

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