Due to its distance from the mainland and lack of infrastructure on the island, the islanders have no means of sanitary waste disposal. Faizal was born and raised in Mantanani island. When we first met him, he was very helpful and showed interest in our waste management program. He gathered a few of his friends to help us conduct pre-assessments of the waste situation and help run the waste management trial. He's very committed and hardworking, and his work requires a lot of patience.
Since 2018, Faizal and his team has collected more than 3000 kg of food waste, more than 100 kg of plastic bottles, and almost 500 kg of general trash. Every morning, they will go from house to house to collect daily household waste and later transfer it to the segregation centre. This program has triggered Faizal's leadership and sense of ownership towards his village cleanliness. Therefore, he managed to convinced and ensure the participation of the villagers in this waste management program.
"Mantanani is our treasure so we need to ensure the cleanliness and safety, not only for us (human) but also for the environment" when asked about his vision for Mantanani in the next 10 years. "Sometimes, it really upsetting to see turtles dying in front of my eyes. So, I hope we can see changes where Mantanani will be more liveable, beautiful, and sustainable." Lastly, he also hopes that the community on Mantanani will work together and be unified in protecting the island.
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