The capital of Indonesia, the megacity of Jakarta, is inhabited by over 10 million people. Jakarta is in a waste crisis, and as the waste crisis worsens, tensions between wastepickers, national civil groups and the Jakarta administration increase. Jakarta produces over 7100 tonnes of waste daily, and most of it is sent to Bantar Gebang, a landfill south-east of Jakarta in the Bekasi district . Bantar Gebang started operating in 1989, where the area in Bekasi consisted of housings and rice fields. The landfill has grown rapidly, as the population of Jakarta has increased along with its consumption, and Bantar Gebang is now one of the largest landfills in Asia. Today, Bantar Gebang is the size of 200 acres, and more than 3000 families live within its footprint . Most of these residents work in sorting and collecting metals, electronics and plastics from the landfill, and make a living by selling on the materials. Trucks from the capital load around 7000 tonnes of waste at the landfill every single day, and according to the Jakarta Environmental Agency the volume of garbage at the dumpsite has reached 39 million tons with a height of up to 40 meters .