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|Date: 7 June 2010 - Author: The Jakarta Globe|
|Once known as one of Indonesia’s dirtiest cities, Bekasi, has reportedly been named the nation’s cleanest city.|
|Endang Suharyadi, a spokesman for the Bekasi municipality, told the Jakarta Globe on Monday that Mayor Mochtar Mohamad would be presented with the Adipura award by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday.|
He said that the city — home of the mammoth Bantar Gebang landfill used by Jakarta — had initiated a number of green initiatives in recent years, including a weekly clean-up, greening projects, tree-planting and waste management.
“Every weekend the people coordinated by their neighborhood and community unit heads have been instructed to do a neighborhood clean up and tree planting,” Endang said.
“There are campaigns targeted on each level, from neighborhood unit up to subdistrict level. Each houses are responsible to sort their garbage before finally it reaches the Bantar Gebang dump site.”
The Adipura awards are held every two years by the State Ministry of the Environment.
According to the 2006 Ministerial Decree on Adipura, the awards are determined based on a number of factors, including public facilities, transportation and sanitation facilities.