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NOW!Jakarta’s Guidelines for Better Living: Waste Management


As sustainability movement is rising these days. Poeple in the household start thinking to have more green life by maintaining more conscious consumption and waste managamenet. NOW!JAKARTA featured information about Waste4Change, a social enterprise dedicated to making Indonesia and cleaner and healthier place. 

Jakarta produces 7,000 tons of waste every day, A person can use up to 700 plastic bags per Year. Where do these stuff go? NOW!JAKARTA

How Much Waste Do You Produce In A Year?

  • Each person can produce waste up to 0,7 kg per day
  • Jakarta produces 7,000 tons of waste every day
  • A person can use up to 700 plastic bags per Year

We assume that the waste problem is over when we dispose it In fact, we only move the problem somewhere. Our backyard is clean, but how about our sea? Our rivers and our landfill garbage dumps?

Do You Know Where You Waste Goes? Do You Think The Problem Is Over When One You Throw It Out?

The answer is Jakarta’s landfill dumps which are already overcapacity, and with 69% of our waste going to landfill and only 7.5% being recycled, we have a growing problem. Because of the end landfill disposal, health and human rights are threatened and land Pollution, methane gas leading to climate change, the release of viral pathogens and community health.

OUR RIVERS: Our Rivers are heavily contaminated. It has been reported that Citarum is one of the dirtiest rivers in the world.
OUR SEA: Indonesia is the world’s 2nd biggest plastic polluter to ocean; 3.2 million tons of plastic is dumped in the ocean every year (Jambeck, 2015). And here’s something even more worrying. It doesn’t just disappear. It takes years to decompose. How long until it’s gone?

Note: Estimated individual item timelines depend on product composition and environmental conditions.
Source: South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, South Carolina Department of Health & Environment Control (DEHC)- Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) – Southeast and NOAA 2008.

Is Waste Management Your Priority?

Fact: the waste issue will only become a priority for us, if it actually impacts us. What’s needed to implement responsible waste management?

  • Old Paradigm: Disposal and landfill
  • New Paradigm:First Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, then Disposal and Landfill.

It’s not waste until it’s wasted. Domestic Waste Material  :

  • - 60 per cent is Organic  and can be composed
  • - 20 per cent is Recyclables (paper, plastic, glass, metal) and only
  • - 20 per cent is Residue/Trash

Existing VS Waste4Change System
Existing System: Mix Disposal Waste à Mix Waste Transfer à All waste goes to landfill
Waste4Change: Waste reduction & segregation à segregate waste transfer à recycling and Composting à No Waste goes to landfill

  • We ensure that your waste is collected in responsible system Waste is segregate into 4 types: Organic, Paper, Others (glass, metal, plastic), Residue
  • Organic waste is placed in a closed-plastic container to reduce smell
  • No mixture of waste by keeping the collection separated

What’s Needed To Implement Responsible Waste Management

There are five aspects on waste management

  1. Policy/Regulation: (Lack of enforcement, Regulation developed not based on date, Uncoordinated regulation development)
  2. Finance (Under Budget and Inefficient use)
  3. Operational Technique (Technology use not optimal and No platform for collaborative waste management action)
  4. Institutions (Not integrated, Lack of communication, and Restricted functions)
  5. Stakeholder participation (Uncoordinated; Action & impact not monitored; Geographically challenging

All information and services kindly provided by Waste4Change, a social enterprise dedicated to making Indonesia and cleaner and healthier place. For more information go to www.waste4change.com Or call (021) 293-72308

This article is originally from paper. Read NOW!Jakarta Magazine October 2018 issue“A Jakarta Smorgasbord”. Available at selected bookstore or SUBSCRIBE here.