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HOW WE WORK


We partner with carefully-chosen local non-profit organisations to bring clean and safe recycling systems to coastal communities in Indonesia that do not have access to basic waste services. But our work doesn’t stop when the waste systems are implemented. We remain committed to monitor, evaluate and maintain the programs to ensure they operate sustainably for years to come.

1. Waste Banks: Cost-effective, no-nonsense waste collection points.

2. Recycling Systems: Facilities and technology to increase recycling capacity.

3. Community Outreach: Waste and environmental education programs with local institutions.

4. Waste Picker Empowerment: Support local social justice organisations and develop waste picker cooperatives.

5. Circular Materials: Reintroduce the recovered recycling ocean-bound plastic waste into new, sustainable products.

Waste Banks


In Indonesia, around 39% of the total plastic waste in cities is collected. In rural and remote areas, this figure is as low as 16%.

Waste banks are cost-effective waste collection points that allow citizens to exchange plastic waste for essentials like cash, school tuition, and health insurance.

Recycling Infrastructure


In 2017, only 10% of plastics generated in Indonesia were recycled. We are improving this number by building recycling infrastructure to match the growth in plastic consumption.

Community Outreach


“No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced” - Sir David Attenborough.

Waste management is more than waste collection trucks. It is deeply tied to the social and political aspects of a community. We work with local institutions to thoughtfully incorporate behaviour change campaigns that recognise the humanity of waste workers and connect to a deeper belief system.

Waste Worker Empowerment


Waste pickers rescue roughly 15 to 20 percent of the world's metropolitan waste. Indonesia has around 2 to 3.7 million waste pickers. Yet working conditions are dangerous and dirty, pickers are often exploited and face financial hardship from commodity price changes.

We support existing and new organisations that establish cooperatives and fight for waste pickers rights to be recognised by governments so they can have a healthy, safe and inclusive future.