ROLE will use the ROLE bus to pick local school children and bring them to the park where they are given a talk about the fun activities of the day and they are introduced to some of the environmental problems in Bali such as littering and ocean plastic. With assistance from ROLE Foundation staff the children are introduced to the idea of ‘Waste to Wonder’ where it is explained that plastic waste that is discarded in the street or dumped in rivers eventually ends up in the ocean where it is ingested by whales, dolphins, turtles, fish, sea birds and that many of these beautiful creatures are now dying from all this plastic and that these animals need their help because they can’t fix the problem only we can. The children are then showed how waste can transformed into wonderful things such as a compost to help grow beautiful tree or how with new technologies plastics can be recycled into new products.
The group is then split into three for the interactive workshops. The three workshops are composting, seedling planting, and garden bed planting.
- At the garden planting station the children will take potted plants and put them in the ground to flourish with our recycled organic matter added.
- At the composting station students stacked green matter, brown matter, and some even carried buckets of cow manure to the composting bins. This compost will decay over the next few months (especially with the rainy season coming to Bali) to create a fertile base for our plants to grow.
- The final station was for students to plant seeds from our seed bank. The students had a variety of seeds to choose from. There were fruits, trees, spices, flowers, and more. They then had a chance to throw seed balls and learn about them as a method of reforestation.
- At the end of the interactive workshops the children are gathered together and asked what they learnt from today and how they can help to save our marine creatures and save our earth.
Hotels and business. Many hotels and businesses do not separate their waste, recycle, compost or treat their liquid waste. Their waste is simply all thrown in large bins and then they pay another company to come and remove the waste. 98% of this waste is dumped in rivers, taken to illegal dump sites or burned. A quote from ROLE’s Sustainable Director, Piet van Zyl who has turned every Alila Resort in Bali into a Zero Waste to Land Fill Hotel is that “The fact is, if you don’t know where your rubbish is going, it’s going in the ocean”. ROLE’s Hotel and Business waste management initiative will ensure these organisations dispose of their waste responsibly and not into our rivers, oceans and lands.