Nestled between the Malaysian Peninsula and Borneo, the Anambas Archipelago is literally on the edge of Indonesia’s water.
Facing the wide-open seas, the Anambas Islands provide a panoramic view of blue seas with azure lagoons. Sadly though the Anambas is a huge waste contributor to the oceans in Indonesia when instead it could be a tropical paradise.
The initial visits to the villages highlighted that solid waste management, including plastic, urgently needed to be addressed.
Many of the local communities were dumping waste into the ocean because of two factors: first, the lack of awareness about the importance of waste management and environmental preservation. Second, the absence of waste treatment facilities and infrastructure.
We first began Solid Waste Management (SWM) programme in 2018. The programme has evolved into a community-based Integrated Waste Management (IWM), with the addition of a key activity called waste upcycling. By using an integrated waste management approach, waste will be processed and turned into various products of higher value.
Did you know?
World Economic Forum made a prediction that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean
MAIN ACTIVITIES OF IWM
It is of utmost importance that we provide education to the local communities, including young children and their elders, on how to sort their waste into three compartment bins for different types of waste: organic, recyclable, and residue. The foundation also conducts different trainings for the local communities as a solution to the waste management problem and for them to generate a circular economy.
To increase communal participation in waste separation and improve the effectiveness of it, the foundation implements a waste bank scheme in Kiabu Village. We encourage Kiabu people to collect their waste, sort them based on categories at home and take them to our recycling centre in exchange for money.
Apart from that we have also provided 300 garbage bins, 3 garbage carts, hundreds of garbage sacks, 3 weight scales, and dozens of safety equipment to the villages.
This is only part of the solution and it is of utmost importance that we continuously educate the local communities, from youngest to the eldest, about waste management. So far, the programme has effectively increased awareness and changed the habits of the communities; women’s groups in villages now hold community clean-ups regularly and communities are more aware of the different types of waste and how to sort them.