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.

We have provided facilities and infrastructure to support solid waste management implementation, and we also operate monthly boats that go around to the villages of Talaga and Kiabu, and pick up trash from the waste separation storage, taking it on to Tanjung Pinang and Batam for recycling. The remote location of the archipelago presents unique challenges especially when it comes to solid waste management and marine pollution reduction. Poor connectivity between the islands within the archipelago as well as to the primary areas is one of the biggest logistical challenges for boats. The time to travel from the nearest international port (Batam) to the district capital of the Anambas could take up to 30 hours.

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We continuously educate the community and school children on different types of waste and how to manage them

In 2018, BAF provided 181 garbage bins to the villages. In 2019, we are building temporary storage unit as well as separation centers in different villages.

BAF is building an upcycling center in one of the villages that will turn various waste into bricks, glass tiles, and energy. We will purchase these material to build a waste collection centers in other villages.

This is only part of the solution and it is of utmost importance that we educate the villagers, start from the youngest to the eldest, to sort their waste into 3-compartment recycle bins that we provide. Once they are able to recognise organic waste, we show them how to make compost from it in the composting houses we have built, eventually enabling them to live in a cleaner, healthier environment.

In 2019 and 2020, BAF plans to focus on upcycling activities to create a circular economy. We are planning to build a recycling centre for an upcycling waste program on Kiabu Village, where they will manage waste from the island itself as well as from the surrounding islands.