Indonesia is one of the major sources of plastics to the ocean. According to the report Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean by Jambeck et al, Indonesia is one in five countries from which more than half of the ocean plastics originate. Therefore, quick actions can have a high impact.
Addressing the challenge of marine plastic waste is a political priority in Indonesia. CLOCC is working together with local governments towards the best solutions for waste management.
CLOCC’s work is currently focused on Banyuwangi, which is located in East Java and serves as a port between Java and Bali. According to data provided by the Banyuwangi regency 420,451.76 tons of waste are generated annually. Of this, 273,170.13 tons per year are unmanaged.
Our ambition is to expand our work to Bali, which has nine regencies and a total population of approximately 4,3 million people. A study conducted by SYSTEMIQ and the University of Leeds for the Bali Partnership found that 52-58% of the waste in Bali is unmanaged. Bali is highly touristic, and the study also found that tourists generate three times more plastic waste than the inhabitants.
In Banyuwangi, CLOCC has engaged a cohort of selected representatives from local government agencies involved in waste management. As part of the programme, they have participated in trainings in relevant topics in waste management and field visits to local waste banks, processing sites and waste management facilities, and landfills. They have also taken part in CLOCC’s data collection for household and business waste on regency and desa level, to get a solid baseline for the development of waste management plans. CLOCC has also facilitated stakeholder meetings with local communities to cooperate with and integrate village leaders into the development of waste management plans. CLOCC is continuing to work with local stakeholders towards developing strong, local waste management plans.