Jakarta inches closer to turning 20 tons waste into energy

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Environment Office has outlined a target to convert 20 tons of waste into energy at the Bantar Gebang dumpsite in Bekasi District, West Java, the facility's chairman Asep Kuswanto revealed here on Thursday.

Kuswanto confirmed that the agency will build two to three waste-to-energy plants near the dumpsite situated at two villages of Ciketing Udik and Sumur Batu, Bekasi District.

The office, through assistance of the Assessment and Application of Technology Agency (BPPT), has run a thermal-based waste-to-energy facility at the dumpsite's eastern area since March 25.

However, starting 2020, the office will solely operate the facility.

Kuswanto informed that the existing converting unit has generated 400 kilowatt-hours of electricity by burning 100 tons of non-organic wastes.

For years, Jakarta has struggled to tackle its waste crisis as the province's largest dumpsite in Bantargebang is forecast to reach full capacity in 2027.

On a daily basis, the landfill receives 7,542 tons of waste from Jakarta's five administrative cities. Thus, in a week, the dumpsite will be filled with 52,794 tons of waste and more than 211 tons per month.

Source: ANTARA News

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