Jakarta (ANTARA) - Acting Governor of Jakarta Heru Budi Hartono stated that the facility for turning waste into alternative fuel (Refuse-Derived Fuel or RDF) Plant in Rorotan, North Jakarta, is one of the largest RDF developments worldwide.

Hartono made the statement while conducting the groundbreaking for the RDF Plant with Head of the Jakarta Environmental Service (DLH) Asep Kuswanto and Jakarta Regional Secretary Joko Agus Setyono on Monday.

"This facility will be one of the largest in the world. This is the smallest part of the Jakarta Provincial Government's efforts to control the waste problem," Hartono affirmed.

Hartono elaborated that the RDF Plant facility in Rorotan is capable of processing 2,500 tons of waste on a daily basis and producing 875 tons of RDF or alternative fuel products per day.

The RDF Plant Jakarta will be built on land belonging to the Jakarta Provincial Government spanning an area of 7.87 hectares located in Rorotan Sub-district, Cilincing District, North Jakarta.

The budget to build the facility is more than Rp1.28 trillion (US$79.5 million) sourced from the 2024 Regional Budget (APBD) of the Jakarta Provincial Government.

He emphasized that currently, Jakarta should prioritize waste management in the city in order to reduce the burden on the Bantargebang Integrated Waste Processing Site.

The RDF Plant Jakarta facility is targeted for completion by the end of 2024 and can become operational in 2025 to support waste management from upstream to downstream within the city of Jakarta.

"One of them is RDF. Many other technologies can also be applied in DKI Jakarta, but as much as possible the DKI Provincial Government avoids 'tipping fees,'" Hartono stated.

Hartono explained that construction of the RDF Plant in Rorotan was part of the efforts to make Jakarta a sustainable global city.

Hence, Jakarta should manage waste akin to developed countries through efforts, such as prioritizing the development of waste processing within the city.

"I have thoughts, one of which is that we have to have the courage to build a final waste dump like Bantargebang," he stated.

"We have an idea that in the north side of the sea, it could protrude five kilometers inland," he added.

Later, the waste can be processed with high technology in the area. "Of course, we need to study this together with experts and academics," Hartono remarked.

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Translator: Siti Nurhaliza, Cindy Frishanti Octavia
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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