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Improving livelihoods of informal waste workers

InSWA is joining the Leakage & Livelihoods Program, to improve material recovery and reduce plastic leakage into the ocean, while also improving the lives of informal waste workers in Indonesia.



InSWA (Indonesia Solid Waste Association) will implement the Leakage & Livelihoods project as an integrated part of the CLOCC (Clean Oceans through Clean Communities) implementation in Banyuwangi, supported by Avfall Norge and ISWA.


As part of the Program InSWA will work with informal waste worker families in villages in Banyuwangi to test forms of micro-formalization to protect and support their livelihoods.


Informal waste collectors are essential to reducing ocean plastic pollution, and driving recycling efforts. However, they typically face challenging circumstances of an unsupportive environment - low income, unsafe working conditions, stigmatization and more.


The Program is launched by The Incubation Network (TIN), which is through the Program supporting and connecting a cohort of organisations in South and Southeast Asia.


Micro-formalization of waste workers

Part of InSWA’s role will be to explore and test forms of formalization of informal waste workers via “micro-privatization” service models. The focus will be on dignity in economic roles for women.


InSWA will initiate and engage in deep conversations with the informal waste workers and their families, including women and youth groups. Part of this will be to provide financial, logistical and negotiation support to develop three to five alternative models for micro-privatization of informal waste workers. These models should have the potential to build on and improve the systems that exist locally.


InSWA will also mobilize its contacts in Indonesian informal recyclers associations to align their projects, engage and explore new opportunities with the EPR (extended producer responsibility) and waste bank systems.


A step towards reducing plastic leakage

InSWA is a member-based association of solid waste management professionals and stakeholders, with a goal to promote integrated sustainable waste management and a transition to a circular economy.


The Incubation Network is an impact-driven initiative that sources, supports and scales

holistic innovative solutions to combat plastic pollution through strengthening

entrepreneurial ecosystems with a diverse network of key partners.


Part of a highly collaborative community of start-ups, investors, partners and

programs, The Incubation Network works together with industry players to tackle key

barriers to address plastic leakage and advance a circular economy.


CLOCC is looking forward to engaging in creating better livelihoods for informal waste workers in Indonesia. This will contribute towards our goal of reducing marine plastic pollution and micro plastics.



Supported by: The Incubation Network | The Circulate Initiative | SecondMuse | Global

Affairs Canada | Alliance to End Plastic Waste