Support and education of local communities leading to solving the waste problems in the villages of Batu Katak in the Leuser ecosystem, and Haloban or Asantola Asantola in the Pulau Banyak archipelago is a given part of our project activities.
WASTE IN INDONESIA
Indonesia is a country with horrific waste management, which is currently at the Middle Ages level. But the current world has provided the country with the convenience of packaging, tons of plastic in the form of sacks from Chinese noodle soups, or piles of PET bottles. A big part of this rubbish ends in rivers and afterwards in the ocean. Solving this situation in Indonesia is difficult, and that is mainly due to the rampant corruption of state officers, who are trying to turn everything into money for their own benefit, and so the problem of plastic in this country is still not being solved on an international level.
Despite this fact, we tried to launch waste programs in Sumatra in the village of Batu Katak and in the island villages of Haloban and Asantola which help solving the plastic crisis. We have put up trash bins and arranged for garbage transport to landfill, which is currently the only solution that is better than plastics ending in the Berkail River or in the Indian Ocean, where it silently and invisibly kills marine animals, including sea turtles, whales or manta ray and whale sharks. Every year, this way we are able to protect the ocean from up to 10 tons of plastic and other garbage that would otherwise end up in the sea. In addition to that, volunteers come here to help clean the beaches of washed up plastic garbage and to act as an example for local people who in many cases still do not understand why plastics cannot be thrown into the ocean. The only major obstacle is the unwillingness of some officials, who are looking only for personal gain and do not take into account the public interest and environmental protection. Despite the fact that it is sometimes a fight with windmills, it is definitely not useless. Nature and animals are not responsible for human recklessness, and we are doing this for the sake of wildlife and their magical home, the ocean.
Come and join us.
OUR CURRENT SOLUTION
The only current solution to waste issues is working with the local community and a giving a personal example of garbage management. In the village of Batu Katak we support a functioning waste program, we finance waste bins, bags and garbage transport from the village to the landfill.
On Tuangku Island in the Pulau Banyak archipelago we also finance waste bins, bags and garbage transport to Singkil Harbor by boat, where an imperfect, but ongoing sorting and trafficking of plastic waste takes place.
HOW I CAN HELP
Filling one large jute bag with plastic garbage from beaches and underwater world costs around £1.00 including shipping. Give a certificate for a cleaner ocean.
We are looking for a better solution and if you have an idea, get in touch with us and help with the final solution of the waste policy in the Pulau Banyak Islands and be a part of the protection of the Indian Ocean.
Help clean the beach and undersea world from garbage remotely. One bag of collected garbage is calculated at £1.00 per bag. Donate £10 , £15 , £30 or other value and get the CLEAN OCEAN certificate.
Support the waste program in the Pulau Banyak islands or batu katak village. Enter a standing order to our account Account number: 15779960 Sort code: 80-22-60 and help us solve the waste problem. Please include “WASTE PROGRAMME” in the note.
Head to Sumatra for a voluntary program to experience the wilderness firsthand and still help clean the beaches from garbage. The program is combined with a rainforest stay at green life reserve.
SUPPORT US BY STANDING ORDER OR A SINGLE CONTRIBUTION TO OUR BANK ACCOUNTS
Account Number: 2601103872/2010