ASRI Teens Reflect on Landfill Pollution in Indonesia

ASRI Teens is back! After four months of being on hold due to COVID-19, class is now being held again with strict health guidelines in place. Students are required to wear face masks, wash their hands frequently, and practice social distancing.

On July 29, ASRI Teens traveled to Pampang Harapan Village to visit the landfill and reflect on waste and landfill pollution. The following features two students’ reflections on this visit.

Nisa Azharani, 15 years old

My trip today started from home to the ASRI Clinic to meet my friends, then we took the car provided by the ASRI staff.

When I arrived at the landfill, the first thing I saw there was someone burning garbage. The land was blackened due to the ash from the burning, then it was surrounded by trees that had been cut down. I felt guilty for not having cared about it before.

Student observing the effects of waste pollution in the puddles at the landfill.

I saw a lot of garbage piles along the road, and they have a strong unpleasant smell. The puddles turned green because they were united with the garbage.

“If I could turn back time, I wouldn’t add to the burden of the universe by littering.”

I think many animals suffer because of this human act. Everyone [is] busy talking about the global warming crisis, but I think this is the real crisis. If we keep cutting down trees and littering, what will happen next?

From now on, I will reduce the use of plastic, protect the environment, and encourage the surrounding community to care for the environment. If nature is awake, we (humans) will also get the positive impact. Surely we will be happy when we see a beautiful and clean view.

If [we do not] take care of it, who else?

A student writing down her reflections on the landfill and how the waste is polluting the Earth.

Kim Bely, 17 years old

I was annoyed to see the burning tree when I got to the landfill. I think this happened because the local community did not know the impact of burning.

Also, I certainly felt guilty. Even now, the garbage has piled up a lot, even though the landfill has not been [there] more than a dozen years.

What will [happen] to the next generation? If this waste is not handled and left alone, it will be dangerous for living things. Especially if there is a flood, I think there will be lots of garbage scattered about.

I also saw items that should still be fit for use, but were in the landfill.

I thought of making an incinerator, which is a means of burning waste without air pollution and utilizing that heat as electrical energy, such as [in] countries in Europe.

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