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The Unsung Heroes of Indonesia’s Waste Management

Medrilzam, The Jakarta Post – Informal waste collectors bridge the gap between public waste management systems and the recycling industries in Indonesia, taking on the crucial role of collecting, sorting, and trading the waste material for recycling. This is not only reducing environmental pollution but also generating more income opportunities for the community, especially the poor. However, despite contributing more than 80% of the material to the recycling industry and therefore being a driving force towards a circular economy, the informal waste collectors are often marginalized in society, worsening their vulnerable situation. Read more...

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