The consultation, which was a big milestone for the CLOCC programme is the step before the official waste management plan launch. It took place on 14 June with approxiately 120 in person and digital attendees.
Banyuwangi, a municipality located on the island of Java with approximately 2 million inhabitants, is soon to launch the CLOCC waste management plan in collaboration with local authorities. The waste management plan as been developed by local stakeholders in the Banyiwangi government over the past years. The process has been led by CLOCC, owned by Avfall Norge and implemented through Indonesia Solid Waste Association (InSWA). It aims to be implemented as the official waste management system in the area.
Waste pollution poses a significant challenge in Banyuwangi, with CLOCC's research revealing that 78% of all waste is openly burned and ends up in the environment. This amounts to 666 tons or roughly 47 truckloads of waste daily.
Before the plan can be officially launched, it needs to be presented and approved by stakeholders from government entities, the private sector, and organizations. This inclusive process aims to establish a waste management system with local involvement and ownership.
Representatives from various departments and ministries, including the Planning Agency and the Environmental Agency, were present to discuss the technical aspects, community engagement, stakeholder dialogue, financial considerations, institutions, and regulations outlined in the plan.
Sigve Ånderå, the program director at CLOC, was also in attendance during the meeting and presented the role of Avfall Norge in the waste management planning.
The key message throughout the launch process is that the waste management plan is crucial for Banyuwangi, but most importantly, it is the result of collaboration among all stakeholders.
With a time frame of approximately 20 years, the waste management plan aims to contribute to Banyuwangi's goal of becoming a clean and top-tier tourist destination by 2040 through holistic and sustainable waste management practices.
The meeting was inaugurated by Mr. Amrulloh, the director of waste and sanitation at the municipal level. He emphasized the importance of incorporating the new waste management plan into a predictable, long-term, and sanctioned strategy that can be implemented independently of any changes in political leadership.
Norad, the funding body behind CLOCC, also delivered a brief speech. Silje Anonsen, Senior Adviser at Norad, discussed Norway's aid program for marine plastic pollution, Norway's interests and motivations for reducing marine plastic pollution in Indonesia and globally, and the significance of municipal waste management plans in Norway's own waste system.
The plan follows the Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM) approach to waste management. ISWM divides waste management into five pillars: regulatory, institutional, financial, socio-cultural, and technological aspects. The plan encompasses waste collection, treatment, transportation, and final disposal. It emphasizes circular waste management practices, striving to minimize landfilling.
The next step involves the public launch of the waste management plan in Banyuwangi before its implementation. CLOCC is also working on waste management plans in Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia, and Tamil Nadu, India.