150,000 people in the Jembrana Regency, Bali will have a formal waste management system for the first time
The Government of Jembrana Regency, in Northwest Bali, today commemorated the ground-breaking for a new waste processing facility. The facility is the regency’s first-ever solid waste management service that will benefit as many as 150,000 residents. It is a sustainable full waste management and recycling system that will also create new and permanent jobs for the community.
The ground-breaking was carried out through a partnership between Project STOP Jembrana, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance), and the Jembrana Regency, and is a key milestone in effectively eliminating plastic waste leakage into the environment.
The facility will be equipped with sorting and waste processing systems, residue handling equipment, and other supporting facilities to manage and recycle both organic and non-organic waste from households and businesses. The facility is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020.
“Waste management is a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Waste services for the community must continue to run to create a clean and healthy environment,” said I Wayan Sudiarta, head of Jembrana’s Environmental Office. “We are pleased to work in this partnership to socialize the importance of waste management, collect household waste and provide the recycling facility for the community. The start of construction on this facility marks a major milestone for local job opportunities, while strengthening the commitment to provide good services in the waste management sector.”
“Three billion people around the world still lack access to organised solid waste management systems, and the work we start today in Jembrana paves the way for us to demonstrate the effectiveness and scalability of these solutions,” said Jacob Duer, President and CEO, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. “More people are joining us on this critical journey and Project STOP Jembrana is a public-private partnership that will deliver solutions we can replicate in communities where plastic waste leakage in the environment is the highest.”
“We at Borealis are pleased to see the rapid progress being made at Project STOP’s Jembrana city partnership,” comments Alfred Stern, Borealis CEO. “Collaboration with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste on key projects such as this is in line with our commitment to avoid plastics entering the ocean and environment by providing sustainable waste management with the engagement of local communities.”
Since the start of July 2020, Jembrana residents have benefited from formal waste collection, many for the first time. Within two years, more than 150,000 people in the regency will have a formal waste collection service through this initiative in Jembrana.
“The Jembrana community is the heart of this important effort to keep waste out of the environment and protect lives and livelihoods,” said Joi Danielson, Programme Director, Project STOP Jembrana. “The commitment of the Jembrana Regency government, with the support of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, has been essential to our mission to create a circular waste management system and stop environmental plastic pollution.