Kepulauan Seribu Surrounded by 20 Tons of Trash Daily



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Thousand Islands or Kepulauan Seribu reportedly is surrounded by 20 tons of trash that originate from residential areas and homestays that are spread across 11 nearby islands. The trashes are also an accumulation of those that were washed away from nine rivers that pass through Jakarta, Banten, and Bekasi.

    Out of the 20 ton trashes surrounding the area, only 11 tons are able to be handled by officials.

    “The sub-district administrators continue to handle the effects that arise caused by the trashes before it becomes a giant trash pile in the ocean,” said Kepulauan Seribu deputy mayor Junaedi as he led the massive cleanup program on Untung Jawa Island, Thursday, September 12.

    The local government mobilizes four trash collector vessels that actively collects the trashes.

    Upon tackling this issue, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan says he tasked the environmental agency to come up with a breakthrough in waste-management and eyes to turn the wastes to energy sources to create electricity, gas, or organic fertilizers.

    “If this year only sees the studies, we will likely see the product next year,” said the governor.