Theresia Sufa, The Jakarta Post, Bogor
State forestry company Perhutani handed over a 100-hectare plot of land in the Nambo and Lulut forests Tuesday as a new garbage dump site for the Bogor regency administration.
Perhutani director Transtoto Handadhari said the rocky area could not be used as productive forest and was not profitable for either the company or local residents.
"It's better to use it as dump under our Community Forests Management program," he told reporters after signing a memorandum of understanding with the regental administration on dump management cooperation.
The total area of Perhutani's forest concession in Gunung Karang Mountain, Kalapanunggal district, is 221 hectares.
Currently there are 2,310 families living in Nambo village and another 2,269 families in Lulut village.
Community leader Emis Suhendar said residents had approved the construction of the dump in their neighborhoods.
"Perhutani has kept us informed about the plan for a long time... Since many of the residents use the concession land for farming, we are expecting financial compensation."
Head of the regency's public works agency, Ridwan, said Bogor was in dire need of a new dump as the existing dumps in Galuga and Pondok Rajeg could no longer take garbage from Bogor as well as Jakarta.
Jakarta produces on average 6,000 tons of garbage a day.
"The new dump is expected to be able to take 35,000 tons of garbage a day. Locals would be involved in waste management to produce compost, organic fertilizer and bio-energy, getting paid Rp 40,000 (US$4.4) per day," he added.