Lenny Tristia Tambun
The waste volume in Jakarta has been reduced by about 50 percent during Idul Fitri, the city’s sanitation agency said on Monday.
Under normal conditions, the capital produces up to 5,300 tons of waste per day, the Jakarta Sanitation Agency said. But on Sunday, the first day of Idul Fitri, just 2,420 tons were produced, it said. The figures were expected to be similar on Monday.
“It’s because the number of people joining the annual exodus [mudik] is nearly 4 million,” Eko Baruna Subroto, head of the agency, said on Monday as quoted by Antara state news agency. “Moreover, Idul Fitri eve and the first day of Idul Fitri were over the weekend, so more people left Jakarta.”
Eko said he was surprised by the data, which was collected when state-owned inspection company Sucofindo weighed the waste at the Bantar Gebang dump site in Bekasi. Before Idul Fitri, he predicted the city’s waste would increase by 10 percent during the holiday.
“Within an hour of the Idul Fitri prayer, Jakarta’s streets had been cleared of newspaper waste, paper and other trash,” he said.
The trend of declining waste production began on Aug. 16, he said, and was expected to continue until Aug. 23, when government offices open again after the holiday.