By Febriana Melinda Clarita Bolang

BioTechnology Students

How much rubbish do you produce daily? What happens to your rubbish after you dispose it? Many of us throw away our rubbish, without properly managing it, assuming that it will be taken care somehow.

As one of the fastest growing cities in Asia, Jakarta is bound to face a significant increase in its population. This high urbanization rate has often been correlated with the increase of waste generated in cities. When waste piles are managed poorly it will release an unpleasant smell and, without us realizing, those piles of rubbish greatly affects our health. Especially when the waste is not separated correctly, it will be absorbed into the soil and also contaminate water sources around that area. Despite its ugly truth, we can turn it into an opportunity by managing our waste correctly. Various type of wastes can be reused, recycled and even can be converted into energy and other value-added products. Today, there is such a low number of company participating in managing our waste compared to the amount of waste we generated, leaving us with a massive accumulation of unmanaged waste. It might not be your responsiblity to take care of all the rubbish, but by changing your lifestyle we are one step closer to solve waste problem in Indonesia.

Zero waste lifestyle is one way to reduce landfill trash to the bare minimum. It can be applied daily by starting with small – simple habits such as refuse using any plastic products and to bring your own bottle, lunch box, and shopping bags. Lifestyle does not change overnight. It might take a year or two, but it is never too late to start. The change starts with you!