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Hygiene in Lenteng Agung

by Andika Ibnu Praditya – 1006717590

Hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation are all difficult matters to conquer in rural areas in Jakarta. This problem has been around for as long as there have been people living in these rural areas. Jakarta is one of the most polluted cities in the world. According to the World Bank, Jakarta is currently the eighth most polluted city in the world[1].  This just shows the lack of respect towards hygiene.

Lenteng Agung, a sub district in Greater Jakarta situated in South Jakarta and is bordered by Depok to the south. The district is one of the contributors to the problem of sanitation in Jakarta.  Even though overall the area is clean, but garbage and other rubbish can still be found lying on the streets waiting for someone to pick it up. Everywhere in Lenteng Agung you can come across so much rubbish that people have just throw carelessly away without even thinking about the ill-effects it can bring.


By throwing rubbish away carelessly, it can cause the area to look very dirty. Besides that, diseases and many other effects such as floods and unwanted animals can come into the area. The diseases that can be caused by garbage can be diphtheria and many other bacteria-related diseases. These diseases can be harmful for humans if not treated right away. Another problem that garbage can cause is floods. The amount of garbage piles up and causes the flow of water in the sewers into rivers to be abnormal and create flooding. This is a problem that Jakarta has to face and has been a problem for a very long time in Jakarta. Unwanted animals such as rodents and insects can be easily found. These animals like to be in places that are dirty because it provides them with lots of food for them to survive.

What are the solutions to this problem? First of all, people must learn about the side effects. People throw away their garbage improperly because of the lack of respect towards cleanliness. By giving better education about being clean and the importance of hygiene, people will start to change and become more aware towards cleanliness.

Second, in rural areas, people will just throw their domestic garbage outside their homes. So, the best way to help is by creating a place in front of the house that can keep the garbage until someone in charge comes to take the garbage away.


Another way is by recycling the products that are already used and turn these items into something else. For instance, you can re-use the plastic water bottles and turn it into art and crafts that can be useful for our children. By doing this, we can lessen our own domestic waste that is part of the problems in rural areas.

In Lenteng Agung, there are 3 garbage disposal areas, 2 garbage trucks, 37 garbage carts, and also 1 janitor. All these facilities are used to help keep the area clean for the residents that live there. This also shows the efforts of the residents to keep the area clean and healthy so that people will be far from the negative effects that garbage can cause.

A recycling system that can be used in this semi-rural area can be implemented by separating the organic and the non-organic waste. The residents can easily separate their garbage and put it in a place that is designed to separate the waste. Then a garbage crew can go by and pick the separated waste and carry it to a recycling facility that can recycle the waste.

Sanitation in Lenteng Agung can be said to be relatively clean, but there are still many places that are still in need of better sanitation and this is where the residents can come in to help keep the area clean. We can still tell people to properly dispatch their garbage by not burning the garbage, by not throwing it away recklessly and by keeping the environment clean for them.

[1] World Bank is an organization that works to freeing the world from poverty. http://web.worldbank.org

[2] A picture of an area in the suburbs of Lenteng Agung

[3] The built map and the green space of Lenteng Agung

  1. architectureintlprogram
    May 26, 2011 at 2:40 am

    hmm, good exposure of the neighborhood..
    is this common in the surrounding areas? how bout the whole city?
    -Sofie Januarti

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