How Organic Waste Processing in Bali Helps Build a Viable Circular Economy for Plastics

August 4, 2020 Bali, Indonesia

In the sixth article in this blog series, Bali-based Joi Danielson, Founder of Vital Ocean and SYSTEMIQ Partner, looks at how the separation of plastic from organic waste helps add value to the community, the environment, as well as all those involved in collecting, processing and using the end product.  That helped Temesi Recycling build a viable organic waste processing operation in Bali, Indonesia.    “By separating organic waste from plastics and other non-organic waste—and effectively processing it—the food chain can be strengthened by enriching soil and biomass. At the same time this helps secure a country’s food supply, provide low-cost energy, increase landfill longevity and materially reduce a nation’s carbon emissions.” Did you know that the value of recyclable

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How to Integrate Waste Pickers Into a City’s Solid Waste Management System

July 27, 2020

In the fifth edition of a six-part blog series supported by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Pinky Chandran, founding member of SWMRT, trustee of Hasiru Dala and co-author of “Leave No Trace”, writes about her involvement in helping to solve Bangalore’s waste problem, by bringing together enthusiastic activists, with previously unrecognised waste pickers. “It also meant that these informal waste workers would become known for their entrepreneurial abilities, as they professionalised and diversified their operations within the waste stream—including composting, managing waste at events, communicating their issues—while coming together to create solutions.” Let’s Clean Bangalore Together screamed a mailer sent out by a group called Anonymous Indian in 2009, appealing to the patriotic fervour of citizens: “This Independence Day,

Elevating Waste Management to Spiritual Levels in Bali

July 20, 2020

In the fourth article in this blog series, Bali-based Joi Danielson showcases Rumah Kompos Padangtegal (RKP), working in the challenging, high plastic-leakage environment in Indonesia to help build a robust waste collection system. “We work for Mother Nature and for God,” says Pak Supardi, the founder of RKP. “Please don’t disturb us. If you challenge us, we won’t run away.” The words ‘trash’ and ‘waste’ are never used. Instead they focus on cleanliness. This message is reinforced on the collection vehicles which say: ‘Proud to keep Padangtegal clean.’ “ Waste workers are considered the fifth and lowest class caste in Bali, Indonesia.  They fall in behind the next lowest class – farmers and everyone else. Priests come first, followed rulers

“My dream is to never stop dreaming” – Eradicating the Invisibility of Waste Pickers

July 13, 2020

In the third edition of a six-part blog series supported by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Co-author of Leave No Trace, Julia Luchesi, talks about the need to remove the stigma around waste pickers and improve the quality of their lives.  She showcases the work of people in the Cooperativa Sempre Verde, the National Movement of Waste Pickers (MNCR) and the artists of Pimp My Carroca. “People hire a specific waste picker, working in geographical proximity, to pick-up their recyclable materials. The initiative has been a very positive solution that addresses the challenges of truly including these workers in society—especially in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.” “My dream is to never stop dreaming.” This will always resonate with me. I heard

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Looking into the ‘black bag’ and learning to face up to our waste

July 6, 2020 Santiago, Chile - In the second of a six-part blog series supported by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Co-author of Leave No Trace, Julia Luchesi, talks about the importance of reframing our relationship with waste. It showcases how one social enterprise is working in challenging, high plastic-leakage environments to solve difficult and universal questions on building robust waste and recycling systems. ““TriCiclos—and its experience with its Punto Limpio program—helps us face this challenge by tearing open the black bag, leaving us face-to-face with what we are a part of, and at the same time, teaching us to be truly accountable.”” It was a sunny Saturday. Even with the windows closed, I could feel it was going to be a hot day. I woke

Is This the Future We Want For Our Children?

June 18, 2020 - Our vision is to end plastic waste in the environment, but this vision means much more than just solving the waste challenge, it also looks at solutions to support better lives for millions of communities by enabling a local sustainable ecosystem. Our investments are directed by four strategic pillars, one of which is Infrastructure. The latter targets plastic waste leakage so every community should have universal access to an environment free of plastic waste at its source. In our new blog series, we dive into Vital Lessons from the Frontline of Waste and Ocean Plastic from the book Leave No Trace. This book is publishedby Vital Ocean with social impact organisations, Hasiru Dala and TriCiclos. In these blogs, founder Joi Danielson together with co-authors of the book

Turning the Tide on Plastic Waste

June 2, 2020 - In the second of a four-part blog series, Vice President of Projects, Nicholas Kolesch, discusses how incentives to clean up plastic waste can be enabled through circularity and how a project in Ghana paves the way   Picture palm-fringed beaches and spectacular jagged shorelines stretching across a stunning 560km coastline. It is no surprise that Ghana has been one of Africa’s go-to beach destinations in recent years. But there is a growing blemish on these shores – one that is most keenly felt in its coastal capital city.   Plastic waste such as bags and bottles litters Accra’s community, covering large areas of its beaches. Water pollution resulting from illegal mining, industrial waste, and unmanaged household disposal has resulted in the sale of plastic bags of drinking water, many of which inevitably become plastic waste posing a serious environmental risk. As quickly as the tides carry the plastic waste far out into the Atlantic Oceans, waves wash up more upon the sand, in an unrelenting loop.   Plastic Pathways to Oceans  Accra’s challenge,

Innovation in adversity. Re-thinking ways to tackle plastic waste

May 6, 2020 Singapore - In the first of a four-part blog series, Vice President of Projects, Nicholas Kolesch, who joined us on 1 of May 2020 writes about how the Alliance is looking to foster innovative solutions in its journey to help end plastic waste. If you asked me three months ago what the weeks leading up to my new role at the Alliance would be like, I would never have imagined that it would be isolated with my family at home, doing my part to social distance in a world shaken by COVID-19. However, it presented me with a unique opportunity to learn more about the work and mission of the Alliance and to connect virtually with my new colleagues and partners who
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