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Banyuwangi's Journey to Sustainable Waste Management: Powered by Norad

Group photograph during Norad's visit to Banyuwangi Villages


Last week a delegation from both Norad (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation), and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta, visited Banyuwangi, Indonesia accompanied by Avfall Norge on a mission to learn about the success of CLOCC in building capacity in the region and the implementation of the Banyuwangi Waste Management Masterplan.  

 

CLOCC is financed and supported by Norad and is a part of the Norwegian government’s development programme to reduce marine plastic pollution and microplastics. CLOCC was delighted to receive the Norad team to show first-hand the kind of impact that is possible when you work in an inclusive and cooperative manner to build up waste management. We were joined by Gabriella Catharina Ylva Kossmann and Silje Anonsen, Senior Advisors from the Department for Climate, nature and the private sector Section for Ocean.

 

While the waste management masterplan was formally handed over to the Banyuwangi Regency earlier this year, a new foundation, Rick Pradana Wetan Foundation (RPW) has spearheaded efforts to realize an Integrated and Sustainable Waste Management System in Banyuwangi through its Village Programme. RPW is mobilizing communities in 14 villages, all of which previously lacked proper waste collection services. RPW’s  initiative ensures that the villages are on the right path towards creating sustainable waste management systems. Prior to the Village Programme, most waste in these villages was either openly burned, dumped, or leaked back into the environment.

 

Over the two-day visit, Norad and the Embassy representatives had the chance to visit several villages which are part of the RPW Village Programme and gain insights into how we are implementing the waste masterplan through local partners. They also had the chance to meet with key figures leading efforts on the ground like Diana Luckyta, a field coordinator for the RPW Village Programme, who has strong experience with the local waste situation.

 

Norad engaged in discussions in Banyuwangi’s villages, meeting with the local groups, stakeholders and communities who are the cornerstone of the CLOCC project. They had the privilege to visit Purwodadi village and connect with the local Woman’s Group, who are playing a leading role in the transition to formal waste management especially when it comes to the behavioral change necessary to implement the new waste masterplan.

 

A common thread among the visited villages is that none had waste management systems in place before CLOCC’s interventions. Thanks to Norad's support and collaboration with RPW, open-burning practices are ending, collection systems for residual waste are being established, and dedicated communities are working together at TPS3Rs to lay the groundwork for circular waste management. This transformation is exemplified in Sebogang village, where RPW has been active since November 2023. The village has successfully transitioned from open-burning to having a functional TPS3R with 10 employees sorting waste.


Formalising RPW's Cooperation

Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RPW and the Regency of Banyuwangi


Additionally, a formal ceremony marked the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RPW and the Regency of Banyuwangi, officially designating RPW as the waste management and development partner of the Banyuwangi government.

 

The bold ambitions of the Banyuwangi Regency are clear, and this MoU marks an important milestone in formalizing the cooperation towards the full implementation of the Waste Masterplan.

 

CLOCC extends its gratitude to Norad for their unwavering commitment to developing systems that prevent waste from leaking into the environment—both on land and at sea.

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