JAKARTA, Aug.29 (JDN.id) – More than 430 tons waste was contributed from Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) complex in Jakarta from the opening ceremony of Asian Games 2018 on Aug. 18 until Aug. 27, an Indonesian official said on Tuesday.
“From August 18-27, there was a total of 436.90 tons waste from GBK alone,” Rosa Vivien Ratnawato, general director of waste, toxic and hazardous waste management at the Environment and Forestry Ministry said in a press conference on Tuesday in Jakarta.
She said from 436.90 tons waste, only 58.62 tons plastic bottles and 31.13 tons paper that were recyclable, while 347.15 tons other ended at landfill.
From the opening ceremony event on Aug.18 night alone, a total of 46.13 tones waste was collected, where 1.40 tones plastic bottles and 0.74 tones papers were recyclable. The rest of 43.99 tones were transferred to final dump site.
“We continue to evaluate and ask Inasgoc that due to the huge amount of food waste, it should not just be dumped but could be managed to make compost or renewable energy. It should be mapped to reduce the amount of waste to be sent to landfill,” Vivien said, referring to the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee.
Indonesia, according to Vivien, keeps doing campaigns on reducing waste. She hopes that Inasgoc and all sponsors of the 18th Asian Games can support the campaign by, for example, providing dropbox for the waste of their products.
To manage the waste during the Asia’s multi-sports event, Inasgoc has hired private companies in addition to the assistance from the Jakarta branch of environment department, said Inasgoc’s director of venue and environment, Teuku Arlan Lukman.
He said around 1,600 personnels have been deployed across Jakarta to handle waste from Asian Games 2018.
The theme of this year’s Asian Games is ‘Less Waste, More Games’.