JAKARTA – The Acting Governor of DKI Jakarta, Sumarsono, stated that the plan to build 300 more Waste Banks (Bank Sampah) in Central Jakarta by 2017 is nowin progress. Currently, there are 400 waste banks in Central Jakarta that have reduced waste by 1,600 cubic meter.
According to Sumarsono, the target for increasing the number of waste banks is already planned a long time ago yet people do not notice it. “Common people think that ‘bank’ is always about money. What is waste bank? We need to keep socializing this project” said Sumarsono at City Hall DKI, Monday (20/3).
Sumarsono said that the existence of waste banks may increase the awareness of people to involve in keeping the cleanliness of the environment. Besides, according to Sumarsono, waste bankscan be a temporary solution while Provincial Government of DKI developing Intermediate Treatment Facility (ITF) or waste processing machine. “The supply of waste forroom material of ITF will be processed to be energy source. In addition, [it is for] increasing the awareness. This program will continue”, said Sumarsono.
The Head of Environment Services Office DKI, Isnawa Adji, stated that the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta has published Governor Instruction No 157 Year 2016 about the Coaching and Development for Waste Bank. According to Isnawa, waste banksare aimed for educating people to sort and recyclegarbage that has economic value for their environment.
Isnawa said that currently there are only 424 waste banks in Jakarta. They already reduced waste by 3.6 ton consists of 1.3 tons of papers (newspapers, magazines, cardboard, duplex), 2 tons of plastics (plastic bags and plastic bottles), and 200 kilograms of metal (iron, aluminum, lead, tin, and zinc). The revenue collected from the waste banks is about IDR 5.47 billion. “It does not reduce much since waste banks only reduce small items” he added.
According to Isnawa, the number of waste banks is still small compared to 2,700 RW (Rukun Warga/ neighborhood). Ideally, every RW has their own waste bank to manage reusable and recyclable items. He said that the availability of everyarea to build a waste bank should not become an obstacle since the waste bank can also be build outside the neighborhood area, a certain spot for reusable and recyclable items disposal.
“We hope that the provincial government consider the correlation between 300 additional waste banks to be built with the number of the RW (neighborhood). Therefore, we want them to be built gradually in each area with the consideration of the number of waste banksin each neighborhood. The area for a waste bank is not necessarily be in the land field,
it can also be at schools or at neighborhood housing area” said Isnawa.
He admitted that 300 more waste banksare being build right now. When finished, the waste banks’ management will be given to the community in the neighborhood (RW). Isnawa hopes that the waste banks will be more optimum if managed directly by the community. Thus, the assumption that the management of the waste banks will be under the Environment Services Office or Sanitary Agency of DKI is wrong. “Not all the things should be managed by the provincial government” said Isnawa.
The Commission B leader of Regional House of Representative, Iman Satria, supports the Provincial Government of DKI’s program to build more waste banks. According to him, the waste banks are built for the society around them. It is a good program. Iman even targets the waste bank development to be completed in this year.
“Waste Banks are needed to enable the recyclable items collection process. There should be no reason [for not finishing the development now]” added Iman, a politician from Gerindra Party.
Besides, he pushes the Provincial Government of DKI to educate people for sorting garbage. Iman said that the way of Japanese people sorting their garbage can be a reference on how to make sorting garbage as a habit. Therefore, certain kind of garbage can be reused or recycled and giving economic advantages for the society.
“I saw that the local government [of Japan] set different plastic bags for organic and non-organic garbage. Every household use them. The households sort their garbage and they collect that on the scheduled days. [For example] Monday is for organic waste and Tuesday is for non-organic waste. Those who throw unsorted garbage will get noticed” he added.
Source: Republika | Hal. 13