Jayapura, Jubi – The volume of garbage in Jayapura Municipality is now reaching 15,000 cubic meters daily, a decrease of 500 cubic meters.
The Head of Jayapura Municipal Sanitation and Cemetery Office Jacobuss Itaar said Jayapura City is the capital of Papua Province. People just come and go in this town, therefore it affects to the garbage volume.
“To prevent people throwing their waste everywhere, we set up a waste recycling program,” he told Jubi on Tuesday (2/8/2016) in Jayapura City. The office also provides plastic sacks in particular places for domestic waste recycling.
Based on the survey conducted by Jayapura Municipal Sanitation and Cemetery Office, the landfill could only accommodate garbage for six years. “But if we do the waste management it would stand for 10 to 15 years,” he said.
Further the office also seeks to save the budget for the construction of a landfill worth Rp 7 – 10 billion. “We will continue to give understanding to the community to continuously maintain the environment by making use of the economic value waste,” he said.
“There are garbage banks that we have built in collaboration as the pilot, so that the community can sell their waste through the banks provided by the government. The waste could be used papers, cardboards, or newspapers,” he added.
Based on Regional Regulation No. 15/2011, he appealed the residents to warn and socialize about the importance of sanitation to the other residents. “We also asked the community unit chiefs to participate in socialization to their residents. Because this city is belong to us. We should take care of it together. The littering hour starts from 06:00 to 04:00 Papua time,” he said.
Jayapura City resident Erniyati said the wastes in this town could be handled. But she thought the citizens’ awareness is still lacking. Therefore, it requires a special campaign or advertisement from the relevant office. “The advertisement should be included in the forms of pins, leaflets and papers then free distributed to the community,” she said. (*/rom)