KLHK Allocates 12 billion for Citarum River Waste Management

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Jakarta (Greeners) – Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) allocated Rp 12 billion for Citarum river waste management, focusing on upstream, downstream and finalizing in Central Waste Bank, a senior official said in Jakarta, on Monday (2/4).

“This year, the ministry had allocated 12 billion rupiah for Citarum river for waste management. As public knows, Citarum is filled with waste, to reduce that waste, the first thing to do is to excavate the wastes working with ministry of public works, then we work through upstream and downstream. We are also going to establish Central Waste Bank,” said Rosa Vivien Ratnawati, Director General of Waste and Toxic Waste Management.

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Furthermore, Ratnawati said waste and toxic waste management will be done in six districts and cities collaborating with local administrations in the forms of establishing waste bank and connecting the bank with recycle companies.

“Currently, waste banks have yet to be running optimum because when they separated and brought to waste bank, there were no companies to buy them. So, that’s becoming an issue,” she said.

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On waste management, she said that it must started from the upstream and not downstream, by establishing six central waste bank located in watershed areas, recycle center with the capacity of five tons per day, assistance and education for public, and facilities intervention.

“For Citarum recycle center, we’re developing five tons per day capacity in four locations. In addition, this recycle center will be in the center of education so we are pushing for urban farming from these wastes. For intervention, there are several ministries supporting on facilities in accordance to their authorities,” said director of waste management, Novrizal Tahar.

Reports by Dewi Purningsih