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Jakarta Post

SAVING BALI’S OCEAN

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Bali   /   Thu, June 23 2016   /  09:45 am

Behind the veil of its idyllic beaches, Bali hides a chronic waste problem.The average person in Bali contributes 2.8 kilograms of potentially harmful solid waste per day to the island’s rubbish pile, more than twice as much as the average person in the country’s capital Jakarta and considerably more than the national average.

Every day, 15,000 cubic meters of trash is disposed of along the island’s roadsides and at illegal dumpsites, enough to completely fill six Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The population of the island continues to grow at a rapid rate, having reached 4.2 million people by 2014, but quality waste management practices appear to be lacking. It can come as no surprise that such a staggering amount of waste has resulted in serious problems.

According to ROLE Foundation — an NGO involved in environmental sustainability — up to 75 percent of ...