DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – The Australian Consulate-General in Bali, in cooperation with Trash Hero Kertalangu and Eco-Bali Recycling held a beach clean up on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Biaung Beach, Kertalangu Village, East Denpasar.
The clean up was the first activity to launch Waste to Wealth, a week-long initiative organised by the Australian Consulate-General, Bali that aims to promote environmentally sustainable tourism practices in Bali and West Nusa Tenggara.
“Today we begin our Waste to Wealth initiative by working together to clean-up one of Bali’s beaches. We believe there are creative and innovative ways of looking at waste. Much waste can be reused, recycled, or repurposed, turning it into a valuable asset. This is the theme of our Waste to Wealth initiative,” the Australian Consul-General Dr Helena Studdert said.
Internationally renowned Australian environmental artist, Dr John Dahlsen, and students of the Faculty of Art and Design from the Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar also joined the clean-up.
Dr Dahlsen and the ISI students will use waste found on beaches in Bali to create art installations during the Waste to Wealth workshop entitled Waste as Art at ISI Denpasar on Monday, 4 June 2018. The collaborative art installations will be exhibited during the Waste to Wealth seminar on 5 June at the Alila Seminyak, where Dr Dahlsen will be a guest speaker.
Meanwhile, Evie Hatch from Trash Hero Kertalangu gave her appreciation for working together with the Australian Consulate-General to organise the beach clean-up.
“We hope this event can help raise awareness about rubbish on the beaches in Bali, and to encourage people to work together to solve this problem,” Evie added.
Forty two bags or a total of 350 kg of beach non-organic rubbish was collected. An additional truck filled with organic waste was also collected. Approximately 100 volunteers participated in the clean-up, including community members and heads of Kertalangu Village, several environmental NGOs and communities like Trash Hero Saba, Tol Tol, Dolly Hardliner, KNSP, Bye Bye Plastic, and Malu Dong.
Dr Studdert thanked the supporters and volunteers who helped to clean the beach. “The success of today is a great start for our Waste to Wealth initiative,” said Dr Studdert.
Keystone events will be a seminar at the Alila Seminyak in Bali on 5 June 2018 (UN World Environment Day); and on 7 June, the Australian Consulate-General will host a seminar to discuss innovative solutions to waste management challenges.
Other Waste to Wealth activities include a poster competition for community-level waste management initiatives, a workshop focused on recycling plastic into objects of value, and university engagement.