The DKI Jakarta Provincial Government has finally issued a Governor Regulation regarding the obligation of Jakarta residents to sort waste. Gubernatorial Regulation Number 77 of 2020 concerning Waste Management in the Scope of the Community Association asked the community to sort waste into 4 types.

Among them are B3 waste (hazardous and toxic waste), easily biodegradable waste, residue waste, and recycled materials waste. Later, the sorted wastes will be transported according to a schedule determined by the DKI Jakarta Environmental Agency (DLH).

Considering that sorting waste is still not familiar to most residents of Jakarta, the Provincial Government together with DLH DKI Jakarta will do a lot of socialization at the RW level.

As conveyed by Asep Kuswanto, Head of DLH DKI Jakarta, “We conduct training on scheduled waste sorting and transportation in each RW by moving with elements of the mayor, sub-district, and urban village.”

He also added, it is hoped that the entire community can carry out this pattern of reducing waste continuously so that it becomes a movement, even a new culture for Jakarta residents. That way, the waste that is disposed of at the Bantargebang landfill can also be reduced.

Mechanism of Sorted-Waste Management

In his statement, Asep explained the mechanism for managing waste that has been sorted by the residents. For biodegradable waste, it will be processed communally through composting activities, eco enzyme, BSF Maggot Bioconversion, and other types of biological processing.

Meanwhile, the recycled material will be taken to the RW level waste bank to be sold to recycled goods manufacturers. “A circular economic cycle can be realized and the community will also benefit economically,” said Asep.

Types of household B3 waste, DLH DKI Jakarta officers will transport and collect it specifically for further processing. It is the same with residual waste which will be collected and managed specifically by officers.

Asep added that the scheduled sorting and transportation of waste can build a new paradigm of waste management. Involving community participation by emphasizing the aspect of reducing waste at the source.

Easy Ways to Sort Garbage

The main thing in sorting waste is to separate organic and inorganic waste. That’s why always provide two containers or trash cans with clear labels. Explain or socialize to family members about the difference between organic and inorganic waste.

For example, when they finish eating food purchased via delivery, make sure they throw the leftovers into the organic waste bin. Meanwhile, cutlery or its packaging made of plastic, aluminum, glass, or rubber are disposed of in the inorganic waste bin.

When the habit of separating organic and inorganic waste has been done well by all family members, it’s time to move on to the next level. This is related to improving the quality of sorting inorganic waste.

There are various types of inorganic waste that are handled differently. We can do the first three steps first, which are collecting, separating, and cleaning, before throwing it into the trash.

Collect inorganic waste and sort it according to its type. Some we usually find at home, for example, plastic, rubber, cans, glass, tetra packs, diapers or disposable sanitary napkins, electronics, and B3.

After being separated, wash and dry thoroughly before throwing it into the trash (except electronic waste and B3).

Sorting your household waste is just that simple and hassle-free. So, let’s contribute fully to this government’s program for a less-waste Jakarta.