Zero Waste to Oceans Education & Demonstration 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.
You can read about what happened to our old EcoPark and why we need to construct a new one here:
Photo Credit: Sonny Tumbelaka, Jamie Han / http://blogs.ft.com/photo-diary/tag/rubbish/