Jembrana, 1 April 2022 – Project STOP with the Jembrana Government, Jembrana Traditional Village Council (MDA) and the community in Perancak, Air Kuning and Yeh Kuning village carried out a beach cleanup activity. The event was also attended by the Head of Waste Management at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Kemenko Marves), as part of the World Water Day which falls on March 22. Project STOP, an initiative co-founded by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ and supported by strategic partners the Government of Norway, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Nestlé, Borouge, and Siegwerk; creates comprehensive, economically sustainable, circular waste management systems in areas of high plastic leakage, including Jembrana Regency in the northwest coast of Bali Island.
The beach cleanup activity in Jembrana took place from March 9 to April 1, 2022, with the theme: “Maintaining and Utilizing the Ocean for Life to Increase Tourism Through Clean Beaches.” This initiative aims to increase public awareness on the importance of maintaining environmental cleanliness and handling waste in coastal areas, as well as encourage the community to protect water sources, including the ocean from plastic waste.
During the cleanup, 300 volunteers from government representatives, community groups, and students were involved in cleaning 5 kilometers of beach areas at Perancak, Air Kuning and Yeh Kuning, and managed to collect approximately 15 tonnes of waste. In addition, this activity applies work safety regulations and health protocols for every volunteer involved. The cleanup also provided with the BeachTech cleaning machine with support from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, manufactured by Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG, a German company, to cleanup plastic and other types of waste, minimizing the human contact with hazardous materials and operates hand-in-hand with manual cleanup.
“We are very grateful to the Jembrana Regency Government, the communities, and numbers of organisation for their participation in this activity. We hope that this initiative can be carried out regularly and contribute to overcoming the challenges of waste management, including plastic waste. We hope that the beach cleanup an provide sustainable benefits for the surrounding community,” said I Nengah Subagia, Head of MDA Jembrana Regency. “We’re also grateful for the support from the Project STOP team and other partners such as The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, which contributing to introduce technology from BeachTech to transport and separate waste waste in coastal areas effectively and efficiently, as well as being able to help the manual cleanup.”
Jembrana Regent, I Nengah Tamba on his remarks said, “we really appreciate this activity from Project STOP. I hope that the community will start to implement waste management from their homes and continue the cleanup activities regularly.” The regent also invited the participants to commit in maintaining clean environment for cleaner Jembrana. “The successful regency is where the community can manage their waste properly. We are thankful with Project STOP’s initiative to bring the beach cleaning vehicle like this which is very helpful to us.”
About Project STOP
Launched in 2017 by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, Project STOP (STop Ocean Plastics) works hand-in-hand with city governments to create effective circular waste management systems in high-pollution areas of Southeast Asia. The initiative supports cities with technical expertise to achieve zero-leakage of waste, increase recycling, build economically sustainable programs, creating new jobs and reducing the harmful impact of mismanaged waste on public health, tourism, and fisheries. To date, Project STOP has stopped more than 20,000 tonnes of waste from polluting nature and given employment to more than 200 waste workers. While the first city partnership was established in 2018 in Muncar, Project STOP also operates two additional city partnerships, in Pasuruan Regency, also on the island of Java, and Jembrana Regency, on the north coast of Bali. As a major milestone in 2022, the first city partnership, Project STOP Muncar, started its new autonomous phase: managed solely by local government and the community.
Project STOP’s strategic partners include the Norwegian Government, NOVA Chemicals, Borouge, Nestlé the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, and Siegwerk. Project STOP’s success is in large part thanks to these collaborations as well as its close partnership with local and national government offices in Indonesia, including the National Ministry for Environment and Forestry (KLHK) which it has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs (CMMAI) and the Regency governments in the regions it works. STOP now has a team of 40 committed environmental leaders.
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Borealis is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and sustainable polyolefin solutions and a European front-runner in polyolefins recycling. In Europe, we are a market leader in base chemicals and fertilizers. We leverage our polymer expertise and decades of experience to offer value adding, innovative and circular material solutions for key industries such as consumer products, energy, healthcare, infrastructure and mobility.
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With head offices in Vienna, Austria, we employ 6,900 employees and operate in over 120 countries. In 2021, we generated total sales of EUR 12.342 EUR billion and a net profit of EUR 1,396 million. OMV, the Austria-based international oil and gas company, owns 75% of our shares, while the remaining 25% is owned by a holding company of the Abu-Dhabi based Mubadala. We supply services and products to customers around the globe through Borealis and two important joint ventures: Borouge (with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, or ADNOC, based in UAE); and Baystar™ (with TotalEnergies, based in the US)
SYSTEMIQ was founded in 2016 to drive the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals by transforming markets and business models in four key systems: land use, circular materials, clean energy, and sustainable finance. A certified B-Corp, SYSTEMIQ is a global advisory and investment firm that partners with industry, government and civil society, financing, and invests in high-impact ventures with the potential to unlock economic opportunities that benefit business, society, and the environment, and deliver systems change.
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