TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Australian Consulate-General to Bali synergized with Trash hero Kertalangu and Eco-Bali Recycling held a cleanup movement in Biaung Beach, East Denpasar on Saturday, June 2. Some 100 volunteers joint the mass cleanup.
The cleanup movement was the first activity of "Waste to Wealth" program that would last for a week in a bid to promote eco-friendly tourism destinations in Bali and West Nusa Tenggara.
An Australian environmental artist Dr. John Dahlsen joint the event along with students of Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar. They planned to utilize the waste found in Bali beaches to produce arts during the workshop that would be displayed in Waste as Art event on Monday, June 4 at the university, and on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Alila Seminyak, Kuta, Bali.
Australian Consul General to Bali Dr. Helena Studdert said she believed there are creative and innovative ways to utilize the waste. “Many wastes could be reused, recycled, or remade into a valuable asset,” she noted.
Evie Hatch from Trash Hero Kertalangu expected the program would raise public awareness regarding waste in Bali beaches. “And to encourage people to collectively solve this issue.”
Ketut Mertaadi from Eco Bali showed a demonstration on how to separate the waste from beaches to be recycled.
As many as 42 garbage bags of non-organic waste with a total weight 350 kg and one truck of organic waste were collected.
The volunteers were the residents, Village head of Kertalangu, and several environmental NGOs such as Trash Hero Saba, Tol Tol, Dolly Hardliner, KNSP, Bye Bye Plastic, and Malu Dong.
The Australian Consul-General appreciated the supporters and volunteers helping the cleanup movement in Bali beaches. “This achievement is a good start for the initiative of Waste to Wealth program,” she added.