Beyond the Landfill
Beyond the Landfill immerses in the sights and sounds of the vibrant and economically independent community at Bantar Gebang – the largest landfill in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Every day, roughly 8,000 tonnes of rubbish are collected from the capital city of Jakarta before ending up at Bantar Gebang. Just two decades ago, the area consisted of paddy fields before it was bought by the state and later converted into a landfill. For approximately 3,000 families in Bantar Gebang, the landfill continues to be their home. Witnessing the lack of adequate educational resources having been born in Bantar Gebang, Resa Boenard co-founded BGBJ – an organization that provides an educational and communal space for the families at the landfill. BGBJ seeks to empower the local children to believe that they can become anything they wish to be, no matter how big or small their aspirations are. While the landfill is expected to reach the maximum capacity of 49 million tonnes soon, when and how the closure will happen remains uncertain.