Waste bank gives Cengkareng residents extra income – Ville
News Office (The Jakarta Post)
Sat 22 July 2017
Two months after the start of operations, a waste bank in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, is providing additional income to residents.
The waste bank, called Primary Waste Bank (BSI), pays residents millions of rupees for the supply of recyclable household waste products.
“The BSI was created in May. We raised 60 million Rp [from the collected waste] and produced 20 million rupees in net income, ”said Edy Mulyanto, director of the West Jakarta Environment Agency, as quoted by kompas.com.
From the waste bank, recyclable materials were transported on trucks provided by the agency for further processing.
“We have an open space of 500 square meters to store items for the recycling department,” Edy said.
He said the agency has cooperated with companies like Danone and Unilever who are willing to buy recyclable items from the waste bank.
Inadequate management of waste by the city has prompted residents and local entities to set up their own waste treatment facilities, in particular by opening waste banks.