Mayor to Punish Litterers in Bandung

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    Bandung Mayor Ridwan "Emil" Kamil. TEMPO/Prima Mulia

    TEMPO.CO, Bandung  Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil plans on imposing sanctions against people tossing garbage from their cars onto the city's streets. The planned penalties emerged in light of piling complaints on his Twitter account on people littering from their vehicles.

    Tweeps in Bandung have been sharing pictures plus captions on people who threw trash from their cars during the Idul Fitri homecoming exodus this year. “Very well, if things continue like this, there will be a regulation that each vehicle must have its garbage bin and sanctions will be imposed,” Ridwan, who is popularly known as Emil, answered the tweets.

    On May 20, 2014, Emil said he would introduce a regulation requiring people in Bandung to pick garbage before they go to work and school for thirty minutes. The regulation was put into effect beginning June 2014 and has been implemented on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

    Garbage has been among the lingering problems besetting the West Java’s capital. Since taking office in September 2013, Emil has been taking multiple measures to contain the garbage issue in Bandung, including increasing the number of garbage trucks and garbage disposal facilities (TPS).