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Jakarta faces huge waste crisis as garbage mountains rise

Absence of recycling scheme, little awareness of 'going green' blamed

Scavengers, braving the stench and filth, sorting through a pile of waste at the dump area of Bantar Gebang, in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta.

Bekasi, Indonesia

SIFTING through a mountain of garbage with her bare hands, a thick cloth wrapped around her face to keep out the stench, Patimah recalled her early days scavenging at a dump on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital the size of 120 football fields.

"I vomited