A Classroom on Trash Mountain: Indonesia
The Bantar Gebang waste site lies outside Indonesia's capital of Jakarta. Over 7,000 tons of trash is brought here each day, and its status as one of Asia's largest dumps is infamous. Weekend school BGBJ (The Seeds of Bantar Gebang) provides free classes to poor children who live in the neighborhood. Local Resa Boenard opened the school 18 years ago to provide hope for the children's futures. But when the government decides to expand the waste site, the school is ordered to leave. Follow Resa and her students over the course of a year.
40-meter-high trash mountains tower over an area the size of 150 soccer pitches. 6,000 people eke out a living at the Bantar Gebang Integrated Waste Treatment Area by collecting recyclable trash.
Resa Boenard is BGBJ's founder. Bullied as the "Princess of the Dump" and called "smelly" by classmates as a child, she studied hard and graduated from university. She opened the school to help kids in the same position.
Student Vaika and her mother. Even as children, both mother and grandmother had to sort trash to survive.
The school and residents were evicted so the dump could be expanded. The vacated homes are being torn down.