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.”

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