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The Challenge

Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. That’s five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world. In fact, 80% of the world's ocean plastic comes from coastal communities around the world. Many of us live outside the realm of choice and in some countries, the only access to safe drinking water is bottled and the only option for waste disposal is dumping it in nature.

Our Solutions

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.

The Approach

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.

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.