Project STOP Jembrana

The Challenge

The Balinese province of Jembrana is home to about 160,000 people but has a limited plastic waste management system.  

According to a recent study, around 33,000 tons of all plastic waste on the island is leaked into waterways and eventually the ocean. 

* This is according to a study by the Bali Partnership, a collaboration between the island’s Waste Management Task Force, the provincial Environmental Agency, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Alliance is working with Project STOP Jembrana on an integrated waste management system design for Jembrana, Indonesia (Bali province).  Project STOP Jembrana is a ‘zero plastic leakage’ program with cities created by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, which aims to support cities with investment, technical expertise, waste system design, project management, skills transfer, behavior change and recycling/reprocessing valorization.

"“The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is a crucial partner to Project STOP Jembrana. Not only do they support us financially, but also guide us with deep operational and strategic expertise; thereby encouraging us to think and act bolder, which has resulted in exceptional frontline impact.”- Joi Danielson, Partner, SystemIQ"

- Joi Danielson / Partner, SystemIQ

 The Opportunity

One such sub-district is Jembrana, whose Ijo Gading River is the island’s largest ocean plastic contributor, accounting for 12% of the province’s ocean plastics leakage. That’s why the Alliance has chosen to support a new waste management system in Jembrana – to empower the local community to collect, sort, and sell their own plastic waste. This self-sufficient system will not only provide jobs in the community and rid over 150,000 residents of their waste, but will also prevent 1,500 tons of plastic waste from leaking into the environment ever year.  

Our hope is Jembrana is just the start, our project here is designed to be scaled up and rolled out across other communities across Asia.  

The Progress

So far, the Alliance has formed critical relationships with the Jembrana Regency and signed a Memorandum of Understanding. In return, the Regency provided a site for the facility to be built.  

Currently designs are underway for constructing a bespoke waste management system on the chosen siteAt the same time work is underway to build the community engagement team.  

The first test run will go live with 100 homes in the summer this year, with the full project slated to kick-off early 2021.  

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