Bali’s tourism and hospitality sector is known around the world for its innovation, but one destination is taking things to the next level.
As part of an island-wide commitment to sustainable and culturally respectful tourism, The Nusa Dua is ensuring not a drop of valuable resources can go to waste.
The Nusa Dua area is one of the most luxurious tourist resorts in Bali. Home to a collective of 5-star resorts, Nusa Due is the destination of choice for world leaders, celebrities, and high-wealth travelers.
The company responsible for The Nusa Dua resort, BUMN PT Indonesian Tourism Development (ITDC), has revealed more details about its liquid waste processing facility.
The Operations Director for the ITDC, Troy Warokka, told reporters, “Through concrete steps, we hope to provide the best tourism expense while still prioritizing environmental sustainability.”
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The Nusa Dua area is home to twenty-two 5-star hotels that offer 5,485 rooms and can accommodate up to 21,000 guests. The Nusa Dua hit the world stage in 2022 when the resort hosted the G20 Summit, welcoming heads of state and delegates from the world’s twenty biggest economies.
Warokka explained that based on data from the Denpasar City Council, the average daily production of liquid waste from the Nusa Dua reaches 6,000 cubic meters, amounting to an average of 170,000 cubic meters per month.
The liquid waste generated from the hotels and hospitality services in Nusa Dua is processed in ponds in the lagoon area of the resort development. This system is hidden in the plain sight of tourists.
The lagoon covers 20 hectares and has a processing capacity of 10,000 cubic meters every day. Nusa Dua has been using an integrated and independent waste management system for nearly fifty years.
Warokka revealed that up to 90% of liquid waste is used to water plants and the iconic, pristine green lawns of the luxury resort. Hotel and resort gardens over 350 hectares of the Nusa Dua landscape.
Going further than just the liquid waste, the Nusa Dua is doing more than most to develop its independent and integrated waste processing facilities.
In addition to wastewater that is pumped throughout the resort to keep everything looking green and lush, organic waste from resorts and hotels is collected and processed into fertilizers.
The composting facility at the lagoon generates tonnes of compost every month. Inorganic waste that cannot be recycled is taken to the nearby Suwung Landfill, which hit headlines late last year as garbage fires broke out across the island.
Nusa Dua’s approach to waste management is something that leaders want to see normalized across the island and the tourism sector.
When Bali’s Tourism Levy is introduced on the 14th of February, much of the first wave of funds is set to be spent on tackling the island’s waste management issues.
As Bali moves towards more sustainable and culturally respectful tourism as default, more resort areas and hotels will be looking to establish integrated approaches across the board.
Tourists should have high expectations of what can be achieved with an extra USD 60 million annually in the provincial government’s pot.
The government and national tourism board are communicating the mandatory IDR 150,000 Bali Tourism Tax as a ‘new initiative for sustainable tourism’.
The Acting Governor of Bali, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, has said 50-70% of tax revenue will be spent on improving waste management facilities.
In the long run, the funds will be spent on preserving heritage by creating impactful safeguards for Bali’s culture and arts, by nurturing nature through greater protections of the natural landscape and elevating tourist’s experience of the island through investing in enhancing tourism management across all levels of the tourism sector.
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