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1 Mn. Cubic Meters of Trash and Only One Place to Go

Denpasar Officials Reveal How They Handle a Massive Amount of Garbage and Trash.

(5/30/2009) Kompas.com reports that each month some 75,000 cubic meters of trash and waste materials a figure approaching 1 million cubic meters in a year are generated by the people living in Bali's capital of Denpasar and surrounding areas.

The Head of Bali Hygiene and Parks Service, I Ketut Wisada, told the press, "the production of useless waste similar to other major cities in Indonesia totals 2,500 cubic meters each day in Denpasar, generated from households and commercial companies in the city."

According to Wisada, the production of trash has increased dramatically in the past 2 years from a previous average of 2,000 tons a day. This increase is attributed to a growing population base and the larger component of disposable trash generated by businesses and households.

Wisada said Denpasar sends all its trash and garbage waste to the rubbish tip (TPA) located in the Suwung area, adjacent to the port of Benoa.

Performing the job of rubbish removal and management of the TPA involves a total of 1,753 workers. A further armada of 38 dump trucks perform a minimum of 4 round trips each day to carry waste materials to Suwung. Or, in other words, city garbage workers make a minimum of 150 trips each day in their never-ending effort to accumulate unwanted rubbish to the massive garbage tip in the City's southern region.