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Commemorating Indonesia’s National Waste Awareness Day

SUSTAINABILITY | 26 February 2021
Recent condition of Leuwigajah landfill, West Java. Credit: Prabunews, 2020

February was an important month for Indonesia, not only because of Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day, but because the Indonesian population commemorated National Waste Awareness Day on the 21st of February, as they have done every year since 2015.

This day of remembrance can be traced back to a grim incident back in 2005 when a 60-meter-tall mountain of waste in Leuwigajah landfill exploded and triggered a massive waste landslide. The landslide hit the settlements in the vicinity of the landfill and resulted in the death of 157 citizens and ended up burying two villages, Kampung Cilimus and Kampung Pojok in Cimahi, West Java.

The indigenous villagers of Cirendeu perform traditional ceremony every year on National Waste Awareness Day at site of the landslide, which was the former location of the Leuwigajah landfill.Credit: ANTARA FOTO/M Agung Rajasa

According to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s National Waste Management Information System (SIPSN), the total volume of waste in 2020 from 240 districts and cities throughout Indonesia is as much as 28 million tons per year. From that figure, the waste composition based on the source is headed by household waste which accounts for 32.5% of the total waste volume, followed by traditional markets with 20.9% and other sources 17%.

This composition is not surprising given that we have been grappling with a global pandemic throughout 2020, which forced people to go into lockdown and followlarge-scale social restrictions in many places, and mandated that citizens stay at home. Now, in a pandemic and a post-pandemic world, matters regarding waste management become a crucial factor that helps determine the transmission of the virus.  

The data says it clearly: households became the largest source of waste, and so the next thing that we can do besides reducing our waste production is to ensure that our waste is managed responsibly. When we say responsibly, we mean that the waste is segregated at source into, at the very least, two categories: organic and inorganic, which helps ease the recycling process.

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[Source : Miriam Bahagijo, Waste4Change]