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NatGeo: Bantar Gebang is the World’s Largest Dumping Ground

Bantar Gebang

On their official Instagram account, US-based National Geographic, or @natgeo, posted a photo of the 110-hectare landfill in Bantar Gebang.

Jakarta’s Bantar Gebang Integrated Waste Treatment Area (TPST Bantar Gebang) in Bekasi, is considered the world’s largest dump.

The photo sparked various remarks from internet users. Over 190,000 people have liked the post since it was shared. “Located near Jakarta, Indonesia, it is thought to be the largest dump in the world,” the caption says.

An Instagram account, @welly_lim, even tagged the official account of President Joko Widodo, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, and Marine and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti. Others simply commented about the country’s poor waste management.

TPST Bantargebang was established in 1985. On average, 7,000 tons of waste are dumped annually at the landfill, which is expected to exceed its limit in 2021.

Source: Tempo
Image: Beritagar

See: 2019 Clean Up Jakarta Day: Tackling the Capital City’s Prolonged Waste Crisis

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