The blockade has led to an overflow of waste heading to the dumpsite. (AFP Photo/Bay Ismoyo)

Police Called to Deal With Bentargebang Garbage Blockage in Bekasi


NOVEMBER 06, 2015

Jakarta. The Jakarta Regional Police will investigate parties involved in the blocking of the city's garbage trucks heading to Bekasi's Bentargebang landfill, officials have said.

“If the garbage is not transported [to Bantargebang] on a routine basis, it will pile up in Jakarta and disturb everyone,” Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian, chief of the Jakarta Regional Police, said on Friday after meeting with the Governor.

A special force has been established to find the perpetrators behind the recent blockade in Cileungsi, Bogor, preventing truck drivers from reaching the dumpsite.

Sr. Comr. M. Iqbal, spokesman for the Jakarta Regional Police, said repeat occurrences would see those involved warned, before facing legal charges.

Jakarta Police will also join the Bekasi District Sector Office, the Bogor District Sector Office and the West Java Police in monitoring for potential blockades in the coming days.

Operational hours, usually between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., on the Bekasi streets toward Bantargebang may be extended to compensate for the volume of waste resulting from the blockages, Tito said.