BANDUNG DISTRICT - Six areas in West Java that were passed by the Citarum Watershed received the Main Waste Bank (BSI) facility from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. The six regions are Bandung Regency, Karawang Regency, Subang Regency, Bandung City, Cimahi City and Bekasi City.
Especially for areas in Bandung Raya namely Bandung Regency, Bandung City and Cimahi City, the Ministry of LHK also provides Waste Recycling Center (PDU) facilities.
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil welcomed the assistance from the central government. According to him, this is part of the efforts of the Central Government and the Government of West Java Province to improve the quality of the environment and human civilization especially along the Citarum watershed.
Emil, the Governor's nickname, hopes that with BSI and PDU who have advanced technology and are environmentally friendly, the public is increasingly aware that they will no longer throw garbage into the Citarum River and their children. So that sedimentation, level of dirtiness, and potential for flooding can be reduced.
"I am grateful that this is part of good cooperation. The central government is very concerned about the quality of the environment and human civilization, especially in the Citarum watershed. Hopefully there will be no more rubbish from the people who are immediately dumped in Citarum," Emil said after the handover symbolic waste treatment facilities in the Jelekong PDU, Baleendah District, Bandung Regency, Monday (4/15/19).
As Commander of the Citarum Harum Task Force, Emil is committed to increasing PDU and BSI facilities in various places. So that in the future the community itself will manage the facility. Currently the temporary PDU and BSI will be managed by the local government together with the environmental community.
"As a task I have committed to copying what is shown to be reproduced. So that one day the people really come to be managed without throwing garbage into Citarum," Emil said.
"For the management of this tool, we have many communities. We empower them to educate because now by processing and sorting waste, it will have economic value such as a waste bank," he continued.
Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya explained, a PDU facility was able to process 10 tons of garbage per day with a capacity of 30 tons of compost per day. The PDU can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 5,000 tons of Co2 per day with a cost effectiveness of around Rp2 million / tonne of Co2 per year.
No less important, he continued, this facility is also able to control the formation of methane gas by reducing the amount of garbage that is stockpiled.
The PDU can also reduce the cost of transporting waste to the final landfill (TPA) which has been a burden to the regional government.
"This is to reduce waste from the source. Then with the operation of the PDU it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so that the air can be cooler and the effects of climate change can be controlled, or there is atmospheric control because if a lot of waste, Co2 and methane gas will affect the atmosphere, "he explained.
While BSI, continued the Minister, has a capacity of 1 ton of garbage per day. At present there are 7,700 garbage banks in Indonesia and 1,700 of them in West Java. "So West Java is very active," he added.
On that occasion, Minister Siti Nurbaya also handed over 60 separate trash bins and 35 three-wheeled motorbike units to the six regions.
"All the suggested support given to these six regions is expected to increase the capacity of waste management which puts forward the paradigm and concept of reducing, reuse, recycle waste," said Siti.