Jakarta, Indonesia produces on average 8 millions tons of waste per year.
Jakarta has a population of 31 million and has grown extremely fast in the last 10-20 years, partly due to the economic boom in Indonesia. Most of Jakarta’ waste ends up at Bantar Gebang, the biggest landfill / dump in the world: 110 hectares receiving about 6000 tons per day.
Bantar Gebang should have been closed a while ago; for the thousands of people who scavenge here its dangerous, the mountain of trash could start sliding resulting in an avalanche of trash.
Jakarta doesn’t have incinerators and no space for another landfill. The scavengers who work in the streets and on the landfill actually has ensured that the city recycles, otherwise there is hardly any formal recycling industry.
Waste in the channels and rivers of Jakarta also causes issues, the system clogs and therefor often causes extensive flooding in the city. For the ast two years the city of Jakarta has made a big effort to clean the systems from trash.
Indonesia is the second biggest plastic polluter of the oceans, in the bay of Jakarta artificial islands of plastic trash can be found.