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Denpasar to Move Against Trash Burning

City Officials in Bali's Capital to Reduce Air Pollution by Enforcing No Trash Burning Rules.

(8/8/2009) In order to reduce air pollution in Bali, the Denpasar municipal government's Cleaning and Park Services Department (DKP) is promising to take strong action against those who openly burn trash.

As reported by Radar Bali, the Head of the DKP, Ketut Wisada, said stern measures were needed to combat the increasingly polluted air quality in Bali's capital city of Denpasar.

"Part of the problem is due to smoke from burning trash," explained Wisada. He also said that laws are already on the books that prohibit the burning of rubbish.

The man charged with keeping Denpasar clean and tidy said, that in the final analysis, waste must be managed. This can be done in a variety of ways, including recycling programs.

Wisada admitted that before any sanctions were meted out to local citizens caught burning their rubbish, his department would first undertake an educational and socialization process.

The DKP has already established 182 rubbish collection points in urban villages and communities spread across Denpasar. Plans are to increase the number of collection points to 392, a number equal to the number of banjar or traditional villages found in the capital.

Wisada told Radar Bali that his office will provide moveable rubbish containers for each banjar prepared to establish a waste management system. "We already have prepared 100 moveable containers," Wisada explained.

In closing, Wisada bemoaned the fact that he only has a fleet of 35 trucks for removing trash to the City's trash disposal area. He admits that this number of trucks is inadequate to meet the burgeoning demand for trash removal services in the capital.