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CLOCC holds new waste management planning workshop to reduce plastic pollution

CLOCC (Clean Oceans through Clean Communities) held a stakeholder meeting in Banyuwangi, Indonesia, to validate the data baselines and agree on the content of the waste master plan for the Regency.

The workshop, which lasted for two days, was attended by a broad range of stakeholders, including local waste management authorities participating in the CLOCC programme and representatives of the leadership of Banyuwangi Regency. This was represented by the Chief of Staff, Director for Economy and Planning, and the leader of the Environmental Department.

“It was inspiring seeing the engagement from the stakeholders, their motivation to create better waste management in Banyuwangi, and the positive response from the leaders of the Banyuwangi Regency”, says Project Manager Sigve Ånderå, who was present in Banyuwangi.

The workshop is part of the Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM) approach CLOCC is utilising to create a holistic and locally grounded waste management plan. It was delivered in cooperation with local partners InSWA (Indonesia Solid Waste Association).

Facing a waste crisis

The Director of Economy and Planning declared in a follow up meeting that “Banyuwangi is facing a waste emergency”, and expressed strong interest in continuing and strengthening the collaboration with CLOCC and the Regency.

The Regency leadership expressed appreciation for the assistance with data collection, planning and capacity building from CLOCC, and stated that they will follow up the process with regulation and budget allocations within the possible framework.

“A right place for waste” in every village

In the workshop the findings from CLOCC’s comprehensive waste management data collection was validated with the stakeholders. Based on the findings, five workings groups have discussed the following topics: waste collection; waste treatment and disposal; reduce, reuse, recycle; inclusivity and financial sustainability.

The working groups have discussed and determined a set of strategic planning factors, which are the “how do we get there”, for the further waste management planning.

Some examples of the discussed strategic planning factors are:

  • Develop an organised waste collection and disposal system in all villages

  • Construct and operate more TPS3R centres (material recovery facilities) and proper sanitary landfill to ensure that every village has a “right place for waste”

  • Develop standard for household waste management and mechanisms for implementation and control

  • Waste shall be collected with source separation, waste containers for household and public spaces are segregated into minimum two types, perishable and non-perishable.

  • Integrating non-state actors through opening for private-public partnerships (PPP) and granting the private recycling sector the right to participate in planning and organizing source separation and recycling.

  • All villages must have regulation for waste fee contributions from households and businesses

These factors, among others, will be considered as possible elements in the further waste management planning.

“Based on the outputs of the workshop, we are ready to support the development of the waste management plan in the remaining months of the year”, says Ånderå.

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