Bali has a massive waste problem, starting at the household level where plastic and organic matter is thrown away as trash. Our waste education and recycling program trains 200 families to use less plastic, generate less waste and recycle. Working with a local recycling company, Bumi Sehat and a local women's group organizes monthly trash-for-cash collections and student waste education programs. This results in less waste going to landfills, more household income & awareness of waste issues.
Bali has a massive waste problem. Annually, 33,000 tonnes of plastic flow down Bali's rivers and into the ocean. The problem starts at the household level where plastic and organic matter is thrown away. Trash is often dumped in illegal landfills on stream banks and goes into Bali's waterways. Organic waste rots in landfills and generates methane, a climate change gas. Bali's governor has mandated that Bali's sub-districts must manage and improve waste handling to reduce plastic leakage.
Our pilot waste recycling and education program targets household waste production, by encouraging Balinese families to use less plastic, generate less waste and recycle. Working with a local recycling company, Bumi Sehat and village volunteers organize monthly waste collections where households are paid for waste. Plastic is recycled and organic matter turned into compost. We also run education sessions for locals and school kids, who are given refillable water bottles and cloth bags.
Bumi Sehat's home village of Nyuh Kuning has over 200 extended families. A trash-for-cash recycling program and education sessions will encourage villagers to reduce plastic usage and recycle plastic and organic waste. This means less plastic and organic matter going to landfills or polluting Bali's waterways. The income will help improve family finances, so they can afford better food or pay school fees. Local kids will be more aware of waste issues and the need to reduce and recycle waste.