TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan called on the community to manage waste, especially those produced from households, in their respective areas. Through this public participation, he said, the volume of trash shipping to the final landfill was expected to drop by 30 percent.
“We cannot reduce the waste volume without people's involvement,” said Anies when attending the National Waste Management Day event in Cempaka Putih Timur, Central Jakarta, on Friday, February 21.
According to Anies, the city administration would ensure the household waste is sorted and managed by the community in the respective regions. Unprocessed garbage, he added, would be picked up by the Environment Agency and managed in other facilities.
During the event, Anies Baswedan observed residents of the Neighborhood Association (RW) 3 Cempaka Putih Timur managing their own household trash. “This [Cempaka Putih Timur] is the pilot region [for showcasing proper waste management]. We hope all regions of Jakarta can follow this,” he underlined.
The waste management in RW 3 of Cempaka Putih Timur was part of the city administration’s movement dubbed 'Sampah Tanggung Jawab Bersama' or Samtama (literally means the garbage is our together responsibility). The program was initiated for all RW in the capital in a bid to curb the waste issues.