For a long time, rubbish collection and sustainable waste management were non-existent in Bali. Coupled with huge tourist numbers, and ‘disposable’ water bottles, plastic bags, food containers, straws and other single use plastics, Bali had a big rubbish problem. Thankfully, organisations such as Tps3R Sekar Tanjung Sanur Village (Tempat Pengolan Sampah 3R- Reduce, Reuse - Recycle) are changing all this, and building a better, cleaner Bali.
The team at Tps3R Sekar Tanjung Sanur Village, in conjunction with organisations dedicated to positive environmental change such as Eco Bali, are setting up complete waste management centres. Facilities such as the Sanur Kauh waste management centre, are a working model of best practice waste management. The centre is so successful, that they hope to be able to roll this model out nationwide.
The success of the centre lies in its ability to make waste management profitable and attractive. The centre offers training, jobs, job security, uniforms for staff and brand new equipment and facilities including a conveyor sorting belt, plastics compactor and rubbish collection trucks. Plastics can be collected, sorted and cleaned, before being sold back to fuel conversion projects, organic waste can be composted and sold to hotels to be used in gardens, and food waste is given to farmers as a food source for livestock. The program emphasises that rubbish collecting is valuable work, creates jobs and wealth, and that centre workers and customers are heroes, saving the planet, while making money.
In June alone, the Sanur Kauh centre processed 402kg of petroleum-based plastics, and 3.2 tonnes of all types of rubbish. This rubbish would otherwise have been littering streets and oceans, or burnt off, creating toxic smoke. They currently have 354 customers who use the facility, with an average of 700kg of compost returned to customers each month – that’s 700kg of saleable compost and potential income. Adopting this model across Indonesia will save millions of tonnes of waste from landfill and oceans, and generate jobs and income.
Currently, the Kepala Desa funds education programs about sustainable waste practices in schools and villages. They meet with banjars and local government authorities, as well as private enterprise interested in making positive changes in Indonesia. Driven by formal backing from the Desa Adat and Desa Dinas, the initiative is promoting best practice waste management in villages that previously had none. Villages and households receive education and encouragement to get involved in the program, with detailed instruction on how to separate and organise rubbish and recyclables, and the income they can earn doing so. It creates jobs, income, and is helping to clean up and rehabilitate the spectacular wilderness that is Indonesia.
Tps3R Sekar Tanjung Sanur Village are leading the way in sustainability, transitioning their own fleet of vehicles onto plastic based and recycled fuels.
They accept donations from the public or corporate investment, with all investment going back into programs to further the cause, educate and raise awareness. To learn more or donate to this very worthy initiative, contact Tps3R Sekar Tanjung Sanur Village on +62 878 6228 6867 to become a customer or find out more about their revolutionary waste management centres.
Written by Clare Srdarov and Suzanne Srdarov, The Travellist, on behalf of The Voice of Sanur