Thirty-one years of wrestling with the problem of garbage has earned her the title of the Garbage Queen. She has been able to open the minds of many parties that garbage is a serious problem and must be handled professionally.
By Siska Nurifah
HEAPS of sorted out garbage appeared to mount. But interestingly, the final disposal site (landfill/TPA) located in the Subdistrict Office of Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, was actually far from being a stench. The place looked neat and gave out an impression of being professionally styled. A few workers could be seen separating organic garbage from nonorganic waste pieces. In one corner of this landfill a lady with a headscarf could be seen organising the workers, and occasionally helped sort out the garbage in a pile.