The Environment and Forestry Ministry, the West Nusa Tenggara administration and the Mount Rinjani National Park Agency are creating a team to handle piles of trash scattered on Mt. Rinjani, an active volcano on Lombok Island, which is famous for its beauty as well as notorious for the garbage left behind by climbers and porters, quoted from The Jakarta Post.
“Next year the ministry will step in and help West Nusa Tenggara administration to clean Rinjani because Rinjani is an important tourism destination. We are starting with a small team led by West Nusa Tenggara Forestry Agency,” R. Sudirman, the director of waste management at the ministry, said on Wednesday after a coordination meeting with officials from West Nusa Tenggara administration, North Lombok and East Lombok administrations and the management of Mt. Rinjani National Park.
He said the ministry expected that by 2017 Mt. Rinjani would be clean.
An official with the national park management, Mustafa Imran Lubis, said from April to September this year, they had removed 8 tons of garbage from Mt. Rinjani.
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Source: thejakartapost.com / Panca Nugraha