Reducing Bali Trash Burden

Badung Regency in Bali Seeking to Reduce Trash Output Starting at Community Level

It is estimated that Bali’s southern regency of Badung produces an average of 286 tons of trash each day, that is the equivalent of 8.580 tons per month, or 104,390 tons per year. quotes the head of the Environment and Hygiene Department (DLHK) for Badung, I Putu Eka Merthawan, who says that 40% of the trash produced in Bandung comes for tourism-related sources and the rest mainly from private households. Of the total trash generated in Bandung, 90% is organic, 9.5% non-organic, and 0.5% toxic waste. Of the six sub districts (kecamatan) of Badung Regency, Kuta is the largest producer of trash waste.

The Badung administration is trying to control and handle trash by creating “Trash Banks” (Tabung Sampah/Bank Sampah) working in cooperation community groups, schools and other elements of the community. The Banks purchase recyclable items for cash in the effort to encourage recycling and reduce the total amount of trash disposed from the community. By the end of 2019, Bandung targets to have 1,500 trash banks in operation involving the participation of 150,000 local residents.

The use of Trash Banks are targeted to reduce trash output by 18% or 55 tons each day. The remaining 205 tons is brought to the Suwung Rubbish Dump. This is in keeping with targets to reduce trash output by 18% in 2018 and 30% by 2025.