Authorities End Crisis
After a blockade by angry protesters, local authorities have made an agreement with the community. The agreement indicated that the waste that was accumulated throughout Bandung between Thursday and Saturday can begin to be cleaned up, although it may take time to eliminate all the waste from Bandung’s roads. Cece Iskandar, head of Bandung Sanitation Office said it would take at least ten days to freshen up the streets due to the limited amount of garbage trucks. People who live near the dumpsite had blocked access to the roads. This was due to damaged streets and daily traffic of at least three-hundred garbage trucks. Mountains of junk could be seen a mile away and trash has been piling up for four days.
This caused the trash to overflow onto the roads and this began to affect the community because of the intolerable smell. Several hills of rubbish could be seen dropping over another town and interfering with visitors in the Dago junction. Ramdani, a driver journeying along a nearby town, said the smell began on Wednesday. “It was not too bad last night, but [the garbage] began to affect visitors today,” Ramdani said. According to Cece, about eight-hundred tons of rubbish had not been gathered since protesters began blocking the dumpsite. As of right now, everything has apparently been settled with the residents. The government has agreed to compensate the community as well as some of the families. It also promised to repair some of the broken roads. Though according to a resident, “We have protested many times and always got empty promises and we’re fed up with that.
They dispose of the waste but we are the ones impacted.” After having regular protests to prevent the trucks from coming in, the peoples’ anger has finally reached its peak. Several residents dumped piles and piles of garbage on the front side of the governor’s office in Bandung. However, the provincial administration and the three regional administrations using the dumpsite will continue to neglect the residents’ requirements. The government assured the community that the landfill would be used until 2018. This is because of the new rubbish being developed thirty-four miles, eastern of the town of Bandung, has yet to be finished.
Waste treatment & management
In February 2005, 147 people passed away during a dumpsite failure in Bandung. In its yearly review in 2003, the West Java EPA mentioned that the dumpsite had large obstacles to deal with regarding its operation and that there was a high chance of it failing. A response was not made. A significant problem is that the EPA does not have enough political impact.
It is expected to enhance the EPA´s positions considerably. For this objective, the missing self-management of the operator will be replaced by a tracking system, which is managed by the local neighborhoods settling around the site. Measuring data will be released on a web page, every day.
Biological Pretreatment of Municipal Solid Waste
While performing our research, our group came up with our solution to deal with Bandung’s garbage problem. We started off by creating objectives. This included a reduction of waste mass by degradation, preserving rubbish amount up to 50% by getting compactibility and improving dry weight and reducing of lechate pollution.
Municipal solid waste is being built up on piles and getting oxygenated. Due to mirobiological procedures, the natural elements are deteriorated and then stabilized into a mineral. After the procedure, the garbage will be dumped at the dumpsite.
(Photo above: Biological pretreated waste)
(Photo Below: Untreated waste)
Different measures can be taken because different systems are available. One of the systems is called the chimney effect. It’s positive qualities include low cost, quick start and less maintenance. It’s not so good qualities in the other hand are long treatment time and high area demand. Another system is called the Biopuster system. This is a great tool because it has a shorter treatment time and better stabilization. The only problem is that it requires a lot more maintenance and higher operation costs.