TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Manado city government plans to reenact Regional Government Regulation No. 7/2006 on Waste Managament starting on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
Residents caught littering in public spaces will be subjected to Rp 50 million fine or six months of confinement. Head of Manado Sanitation Agency Julises Oehlers said that the regulation will be reenacted in an attempt to raise public awareness on waste management.
"We are disseminating [the regulation] to community members. We will focus on the dissemination, in order for the people to completely comprehend [the issue] so that implementation can be effective," Oehlers said on June 7, 2016.
Oehlers explained that currently, the number of waste produced in Manado has increased from 2,700 tons per day to 3,000 tons per day. Most of the garbage waste consists of trashes dumped on the streets.
According to Oehlers, the city needs Rp1.5 trillion to tackle its increasing number of waste. "Therefore we urge community members to properly manage their waste. For example, process it into fertilizers, hand it over to a recycling plant, and so on," Oehlers said.
ISA ANSHAR JUSUF