How Essential is Community-based Solid Waste Management in Periurban Indonesia? Case Study: Jakarta Periurban Areas

Solid waste collection in periurban areas is often more complex compared to urban areas. Besides its own waste the periurban area is burdened by urban waste as it is often used as disposal place. Is there any waste management in planned settlements and unplanned ones? And if it exists, is there any coordination between them and who organised it?

Parties involved in the solid waste collection scheme in periurban Jakarta – Indonesia are the communities in neighbourhood units, groups of waste collectors operating waste as micro-enterprises, and local administrators. In planned settlements disposal is organised by neighbourhood unit, while in unplanned ones usually disposed off into a river, vacant land or burned. Local municipal authorities transport waste from primary to secondary waste disposal sites, where groups of waste collectors recycle it.

Currently the respective actors mentioned above, execute their own function without any cooperation among them, yet contribute to the process of waste management. The main problems are health and environmental consequences, lack of sanitation in periurban, unplanned settlements and the surrounding areas of waste disposals. Would a community-based SWM (Solid Waste Management) in the Jakarta periurban area be needed, how urgent? Could it improve the solid waste collection system? What kind of partnership is needed between the actors involved in SWM to improve management and environmental problems? The paper’s objective is to discuss the matter through an exchange of experiences on those issues.

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