Bali Environmental Center
Sad about the above photo? Yes. We are sorry to inform, but that’s Bali!…
So, what is the problem?
Waste! Each day, the average person on the island contributes 2.8kg of potentially harmful solid waste, considerably more than the national average. This is over twice as much as the average person in the country’s capital Jakarta. Every 24 hours, 15,000 cubic meters of trash is disposed of along Bali’s roadsides and at illegal dump sites. This is enough to completely fill six Olympic-sized swimming pools every single day.
Bali’s population continues to grow at a rapid rate, tipping over 4.2 million people by 2014. Hgood quality education on waste management remains extremely limited. It can come as no surprise then that this staggering amount of waste has caused enormous issues with Bali’s natural environment.
These are the facts:
- Up to 75% of Bali’s garbage is not collected by official services. Then it to seep into and pollute local waterways, farms and coastal areas.
- Rivers and mangrove swamps have become makeshift rubbish dumps due to poor government regulation and illegal dumping. Furthermore, local businessman looking to avoid the costs of transporting garbage for proper disposal use these makeshift dumps.
- Human sewage and contaminated cooking oil from warungs flow directly into the ocean where Bali’s millions of tourists frolic.
Does this all sound like the Bali you want to live in? Of course not, and neither do we. That is why we are launching the ‘Zero Waste to Oceans’ program. We refuse to stand back and let the situation spiral out of control. Instead we will tackle these issues head on. As Nelson Mandela said ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’. Here at R.O.L.E we believe that through education, we can help to change Bali.
What is ‘Zero Waste to Oceans’?
The ‘Zero Waste to Oceans’ program is R.O.L.E Foundation’s pledge to help preserve Bali’s natural beauty for generations to come. We promote a ‘Complete Circle’ approach to management, in which every last piece of trash is recycled and absolutely nothing goes to waste.
To help put our ‘Complete Circle’ approach into practice in Bali we are currently designing a demonstration Center. Once completed, schools, hotels and local businesses can learn sustainable techniques of managing garbage.
The following generations of Indonesians will be able to learn the vital importance of recycling. They will help preserve the stunning natural beauty of Bali and beyond. With your help, we can heal the damage done to Bali’s rivers, beaches and coastal areas. We can then keep trash away from them forever.
How will ‘Zero Waste to Oceans’ help?
The Education and Demonstration Center is an innovation in educating local people. At this site, we will demonstrate our ‘Complete Circle’ philosophy on waste. We will have local experts and teachers on hand to explain the details at every step of the way.
The center will be designed and built with the specialized assistance and expertise of local organizations and NGOs. It will give every type of trash (and how to deal with it) equal consideration and care. More importantly, with our help local banjars and desas (councils) will be able to learn how to deal with waste within the boundaries of their local area. This way the won’t have to transport waste long distances to official dump sites and risk having drivers simply dump it by the side of the road or into a river. We are going to teach how to separate organic and non-organic trash. We will follow this with demonstrations converting plastics into oil or biodegradables into compost. Visitors will be shown each station of the center will be able to easily understand how simple waste management can be.
With our help, hotels and local businesses will be able to make positive changes in the ways they and their communities deal with waste. Our dream is children growing up to understand the value of proper waste management.
Why We Need Bali Environmental Center?
- Indonesia produces around 64 million tons of waste per year. Approximately 50% of this reaches landfill sites, the rest is either burned or illegally dumped and flows into the ocean. This massive volume of waste is now covering Australia’s northern beaches.
- A high percentage of Indonesia’s population is not aware of the damage done to the environment everyday and the resulting consequences. Due to a lack of education on these matters, sustainable behavior is not yet in the mindset of the general public.
- Up to 75% of Bali’s garbage is not collected by official services. There are only five legal garbage dumps on the whole island. Because it is so far to transport waste, 50% of it is dumped. Makeshift rubbish dumps are everywhere due to poor governance.
Sustainable Jobs and Businesses
Bali as an Island has limited amount of Job offers available for the local population, so there is a need to get creative in the future to sustain the number of jobs available and at the same time keep the impact on the environment at a minimum level.
Local Jobs are mostly located in the food producing sector e.g., fishermen and farmers, but with the growing population in Indonesia, there is an increasing need for job opportunities that are not harming the environment and at the same time provide work for the local people. An example for a non-environmental friendly job is the cyanide fishing, where the fishermen use cyanide-bombs in order to catch fish a live for food and aquarium supplies. In the progress of fishing with cyanide, it is harming the fishermen due to toxic emission and wounds from explosions, as well as the environment by destroying reefs and releasing toxics into the pristine environments of the oceans.
Elsewhere on the land the same exploration of resources is happening, as the local farmers take down the local forests in order to feed there livestock and do not think and never got taught about producing their food in a more sustainable way with less impact on slowly recovering resources.
That is the point where Bali Environmental Center comes into play, by educating, bringing up new solutions and help with the implementation of sustainable and closed-loop productions.
Bali Environmental Center – Our Programs:
- Zero Waste – Click Here to Know More
- Sustainable Business – Click Here to Know More
- Organization Networking & Awareness – Click Here to Know More
Bali Environmental Center – Under Construction:
ROLE Foundation is currently constructing a 1300m2 Zero Waste to Oceans Education Centre. This will demonstrate machinery and systems that can recycle or use 98% of all waste. Organic, non-recyclables, and recyclables will be separated and converted into materials beneficial for everyday life. This site will also promote sustainable business such as producing of natural dyes, organic cotton weaving, and soap recycling.