03 Jan '12, 8am

Indonesian garbage helps save environment

Crouched and concentrated, August and Karma rip open knotted plastic bags at the foot of a big pile of rubbish. Yoghurt cups, paper packaging, plastic, pineapple rinds, cabbage leaves, chicken bones and the like fall out. The young Indonesian men begin sorting. Organic material goes to one side, and bottles, plastic and paper to the other. ”A super job,” remarks Karma, 23. ”Finally, reliable work.” The two sort their rubbish and that of their neighbors, too. For the past year, the 325 families in Griya Serpong – a working class housing area of Tangerang, a city some 40 kilometres south-west of Jakarta – have been disposing of their garbage themselves. Municipal garbage collection was never reliable, and the residents used to dump their refuse in a vacant field – a paradise for rats, flies, mosquitoes and snakes. Everything is different now. The roofed garbage sorting facil...

Full article: http://www.eco-business.com/news/indonesian-garbage-helps...

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