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There seems to be progress in the program kickstarted by the Badung government that aims to have each district manage their own waste. Through the Environment and Sanitation Agency (DLHK), the local government has created a waste management pilot project which will then be implemented by all village-owned enterprises (BUMDes).

Putu Eka Merthawan, Head of DLHK, said that the project has been implemented in Seminyak and Kuta, and in fact, the effort is already part of the local law. “We have collaborated with people from the village of Seminyak to implement the pilot project,” said Merthawan, as quoted by Bali Post. “All the waste produced by hotels, restaurants, and residents must be managed by the newly formed final waste disposal facility, TPST Seminyak Clean.”

Seminyak Clean is run professionally by people from Seminyak village. “The trash is managed by the village. And residents of the village, as well as hotels, restaurants, and other business must adhere to the new rule,” Merthawan added.

The collected waste will be divided into two categories: organic and inorganic waste. The latter comprising of plastic bottles, cans, and other recyclables that will be sold to people or entities that can process them further, while the former will be turned into compost. “Companies and residents must throw their waste in a plastic garbage bag. That waste will then be sorted out at the final waste disposal, where we will sell them back, or be turned into compost and the residues will be delivered to Suwung landfill.”

The compost will then be sold to hotels, villas, restaurants, and other businesses within the area of Seminyak village. “This could potentially be a source of revenue for the local people, and everything is organized,” said Merthawan.

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