Living beside trash mountain


Rachmat Kurniawan

An UMN student stands on a mountain of trash in Bantar Gebang, Bekasi, West Java.

Bantar Gebang is where most of the waste from Jakarta ends up. Located in Bekasi, West Java, just one hour away from the glitzy capital, and being a literal mountain of trash, its effects on the local inhabitants are catastrophic: from polluted drinking water to the smell along with its detrimental effects on human health. Here the witnesses to the environmental disaster speak up and share their grievances.

The work won ‘Best Student Shortdocs Award’ at Megacities Shortdocs-The Edition 8, held in Paris, France.