Case: Rubbish!

Categorie(s): Cases, Waste

Nurhayati is ill. She lives in a village (in Indonesia) near the sea built at a place which has been a dump before people started living there. As a result the villagers suffer from many kinds of disease. Nuhayati is not the only child that often has to stay home from school.
The villagers cannot do anything because they don’t have any knowledge about the rubbish under their houses and vegetable gardens.



  1. How to process/manage rubbish in general? Name at least three different possibilities.

    Rubbish heap

  2. In this case nothing has been done to make it save. How can villagers get information about the sort of rubbish under their feet?
  3. How to deal with the diseases which come from the rubbish?
  4. What should be done to prevent the same to happen in other places?

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N.B. Some people make a living from collecting things in rubbish, like glass or plastic that can be sold, a very unhealthy way of life!

Case suggested by:
Haris Sewang (Lengkese), Jaharuddin (Bolo), Muh. Tahir (Kampung Parang), Marlia (Lamangkia), Husmawati (SD Transmigrasi) all from Sout Sulavesi, Indonesia

The garbage problem is catastrophal sometimes:

Bandung Garbage Crisis
A garbage slide at February 2005 at Leuwigajah, took nearly 200 lives.
Leuwigajah is the main final garbage disposal area for Bandung City and some part of Cimahi and Bandung residence.

Leuwigajah was before a recreational area.

Satelite image of the rubbish slide

The situation after the land(=rubbish)slide (the yellow line shows, where the rubbish ended before)




Bandung became famous of its garbage smell, that even sticks into rich person cars. Smelly leaches and maggots are coming from garbage.
After disaster at Leuwigajah, Bandung city has been entering garbage crisis. Everyday Bandung inhabitants are predicted to produce 5000m3 of garbage.
Garbage is just everywhere, not just clogging waterways, but also roads.The ‘Bandung Garbage Crisis’ has become a national issue. The President of Indonesia has given special orders to Indonesian Environment Minister and West Java Governor to take over the Bandung garbage management.

The minister visiting the site