Organized by Jakarta Expat magazine, what is planned to be an event aims to draw attention to the massive amounts of ugly and unhealthy trash strewn around the city. “Our capital produces 6,000 tonnes of rubbish each day, and much of it ends up on the streets and in the Ciliwung River,” organizers say.
“By involving the community in a clean-up, we can spread the message that it is everybody’s job to keep this city clean, not just the job of the street sweepers, pemulungs and rubbish men and women. We want people to understand how detrimental littering can be, and in turn spark an awareness of the importance of recycling.”
This year’s day was on Nov. 10, and Jakarta Expat reported that over 1,000 volunteers at 16 locations around Jakarta showed up “at the crack of dawn to get their hands dirty, picking up rubbish and separating into recyclable and non-recyclable bags from 7-9am, showing that the spirit of teamwork (gotong royong) is still very much alive.”
Staff from Adaro Indonesia, which has its headquarters at Tempo Scan tower on Jl. Rasuna Said, led the way with their own site at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, where around 70 staff members and volunteers worked hard to clear a large pedestrian area filled with rubbish.