Pulau Plastik (Plastic Island) - An Edutainment Series for A Cleaner Bali

Kopernik Solutions provided a sub-grant to a trusted partner organisation who is implementing this project.

A video series that adopts a socio-cultural approach designed for local audiences and aimed at changing attitude and behavior towards plastic waste and promoting better waste disposal practices.

Project Type

  • Experimentation

THE PROBLEM

Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, yet it is the second largest marine plastic polluter. Each year over 1.3 million tons of plastic are carried by its rivers into the surrounding oceans that are known to be some of the most biodiverse places in the world. It is estimated that the island of Bali alone contributes up to 110,000 tonnes to this plastic waste annually.

Single-use plastic packaging is very popular in Bali with plastic bags, bottles, and beauty product sachets used heavily across the island. According to the Ministry of Environment, Indonesians consume a million plastic bags per minute. In 2016 the government tested a pilot project of introducing a tax on plastic bags in 23 cities across Indonesia. While the project showed positive results in the reduction of plastic bag use, it was met with resistance from the local communities and the industry and the nation-wide plan currently remains in limbo.

In November 2017, a “garbage emergency” was declared in Bali after many of the beaches popular with tourists were inundated with trash. In response to this growing problem, the island has had some great examples of community responses and a number of ongoing local initiatives aimed at recycling and composting. However, there remains much to be done in improving local communities’ understanding of the issue and getting them to actively engage in both partaking in and advocating for solutions.

THE SOLUTION

There are two key strategies in addressing the plastic waste problem: prevention through reduction in plastic waste consumption and mitigation through establishment of better practices and policies to recycle the plastic waste that’s already been produced. By creating an educational video series, developed specifically for local communities, the project aims to utilize both strategies to achieve the following results:

  • Greater understanding of the plastic waste problem in Bali;
  • Better waste separation, composting and disposal by households;
  • Increased community activism and consequent government policy change that substantially limits plastic bag use.

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PROJECT COST

Type
Description
Amount

Solution & Project Implementation

Costs associated with the purchase of the solutions tested and project coordination

$12,000

Monitoring & Evaluation

Costs associated with data collection, analysis and reporting

$2,500

Administration Fee

Cost of transferring payments internationally, processing online donations (5%) and a contribution to Kopernik's operational costs (15%)

$2,805

Total $17,305

Kopernik Solutions provided a sub-grant to a trusted partner organisation who is implementing this project.