Clean Oceans through Clean Communities (CLOCC) met with representatives from 16 villages in Banyuwangi, the regency, local NGOs and the recycling industry to agree on waste management systems in the villages.
The vision the Banyuwangi regency and villages have set for themselves through participating in CLOCC is to become a zero waste, world class tourism destination by 2040.
CLOCC, which is funded by Norad (The Norwegian Development Agency), aims to reduce marine plastic pollution and micro plastics through improving waste management in areas where significant amounts of plastic waste ends up in the ocean.
To do this, CLOCC is collaborating with and building capacity of local waste management authorities.
Currently CLOCC focuses on creating stronger waste management systems in the Banyuwangi regency, due to its waste management challenges and political will to improve it.
Moving towards improved waste handling
The purpose of the workshop was for the various stakeholders to determine which waste management principles to establish in Banyuwangi. Some of the chosen focus areas were to have a standard landfill for Banyuwangi, make all waste generators responsible for their waste, build a sustainable finance scheme for waste management, and establish the needed waste management infrastructure.
To transform better waste management systems, the local authorities participating in CLOCC will split into working groups. Each group will focus on one of the relevant waste management system’s aspect, and how to achieve it. They will receive assistance from CLOCC’s international and local network of waste management experts and practitioners.
The end goal is to create sustainable and strong waste management plans for village- and regency level through a bottom-up approach, with broad local ownership.
CLOCC believes that stronger waste management in Banyuwangi will contribute towards reaching the vision of significantly reducing marine plastic pollution in the global seas.
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