Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged regions across Indonesia to build integrated waste management facilities (TPST) like the one in Denpasar, Bali, to prevent waste accumulation, which can create new problems.

The TPST in Denpasar is a good example for other regions to replicate since the facility has a clear design, budget, and construction costs, he said at the inauguration of TPST Kertalangu in Denpasar, Bali, on Monday.

“The TPST in Denpasar is the first waste management (facility) with a simple system but a concrete result. I want this TPST to be replicated by other cities and districts to solve waste problems," he added.

Kertalangu TPST has good management and other regions must copy its integrated waste management system, he said.

After inaugurating the TPST, Widodo and his entourage directly inspected the waste processing facilities at Kertalangu TPST, accompanied by members of the TPST’s management, who were represented by the president director of PT Bali Citra Metro Plasma Power, Made Wahyu Wiratma.

At the event, the head of state was accompanied by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan; Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), Basuki Hadimuljono, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung; Bali Governor I Wayan Koster; and Denpasar Mayor I Gusti Ngurah Jaya Negara.

Besides Kertalangu TPST, which has the capacity to process 450 tons of waste per day, Widodo also inaugurated three more TPSTs: Padangsambian Kaja TPST, with a capacity of 120 tons, and Forest Park TPST 1 and 2, with a total capacity of 450 tons.

The PUPR Ministry, the National Development Planning Ministry, the Environment and Forestry Ministry, and the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, along with the Bali provincial government and Denpasar city government, built the four TPSTs in the period from June 15, 2022, to March 26, 2023, with a budget of Rp128.63 trillion.

The TPSTs will replace the Suwung Landfill Site (TPA), which is planned to stop operating this year.

Suwung TPA is currently one of the largest landfill sites in Bali, which accommodates waste from Denpasar city and Badung district, The final disposal site covers an area of 32 hectares and has been operating since the 1980s. Every day, Suwung TPA can accommodate approximately 1,200 tons of waste.

However, household waste that is being disposed of at Suwung TPA is currently piling up to form mountains of waste.

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