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Laporan Khusus| April-Juni 2022

No Time to Waste

Jakarta has no clear-cut solution to reduce, process, and prevent mountains of waste in Bantargebang, Bekasi City, West Java. A new Waste Power Plant (PLTSa) is about to be built. The capacity of Merah Putih PLTSa in Bantargebang is too small, not significant enough to reduce methane – a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent in causing global warming than carbon dioxide. Without an upstream solution, Jakarta will drown in its own waste.

WHEN the people of Jakarta are asleep, the lights at cafes are turned off, doors to shopping malls are closed, Ismoyo Sunandar is driving his truck to Bantargebang. The employee of the Environmental Service, Tebet District, South Jakarta, needs five hours to make his round to 15 locations, collecting waste from MT Haryono Street to Bukit Duri, and ends in Manggarai. Towards midnight, he steered his garbage....

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