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Clean Up Teams On Standby At Bali’s Most Popular Tourist Beaches 

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Officials in Bali have confirmed that clean-up teams are ready and waiting to deal with the inevitable tides of plastic that will start washing up on the island’s most popular beaches in the coming weeks.

Every year during late December, January, and February, ocean plastic washes up by the tons. 

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Leaders in Badung Regency have reported that tides of ocean plastic have not yet been recorded along the southern coast of the island.

Most years, the worst affected beaches are also the island’s most popular. These are known locally as Samigita Beach, which runs from Kuta Beach through Legian Beach all the way down to Seminyak Beach.

Cleaning officers from the Environment and Hygiene Service (LHK) remain on standby for when the first waves of trash land on the shores of Bali.

The Badung LHK Marine Debris Detection and Evacuation Coordinator, I Made Gede Dwipayana, said that the condition of the beaches in the Samigita area, including currently, is still free from the impact of marine debris. 

@sungaiwatch Once again, Bali’s beaches are covered in plastic 😰 We will be cleaning this up over the next few days. Come help us if you can! #sungaiwatch ♬ original sound – Sungai Watch

Dwipayana said, “The condition of the beach is still safe, meaning that the rubbish is not as visible as in previous years. What is clear is that the volume of rubbish this year compared to last year is very much less.” 

He continued, “In previous years, December towards January was the peak time. The average waste per day is 100 to 150 tonnes. This year, it’s around 10 percent.”

Garbage and marine debris are washing up on Bali’s shore, and to keep on top of the problem cleaning crews are doing daily beach sweeps. 

@4ocean 3,900 pounds of trash cleaned up ✅ Our Bali crew recently tackled a very dirty Melaya Beach and were able to make a huge impact recovering trash. This is what our cleanup crews around the world are doing every single day thanks to your support. Let's keep getting after it! 🤙 #bali #oceancleanup #plasticpollution #beachcleanup ♬ original sound – 4ocean – 4ocean, PBC

Dwipayana said “Currently we routinely carry out sweeping steps. We have ensured that all equipment is in combat-ready condition. But we still hope that there really won’t be any trash coming in.”

The weather in Bali has been notably dry, although rains and storms have rolled through, the current rainy season is off to a slow start compared to previous years. 

Over in Sanur, two of the resort’s biggest hotels, Hyatt Regency Bali and Andaz Bali, have clubbed together to invest in a beach cleaning robot.

The Hyatt Bebot has been designed to comb the sand for small pieces of trash, and microplastics.

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The robot can collect everything from cigarette butts to food wrappers, bottle caps, cardboard and much more.

It is silent, so it does not disturb tourists’ experience of the beach, and it’s also solar-powered, making it a completely eco-friendly solution.

However, the Bebot could not handle the size and volume of trash that washes up on Kuta and Legian Beaches this time of the year. 

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The efforts to tackle the ocean debris on the Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak Beaches are just one of the hundreds of localized initiatives that are trying to combat Bali’s mounting plastic waste problem.

In October and November, Bali’s biggest landfill sites caught fire due to prolonged drought and high temperatures.

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The landfills, known locally as TPAs, were all due to be closed ahead of the G20 Summit in November 2022. However, many of the island’s open landfill sites are still accepting tonnes upon tonnes of unprocessed organic and non-organic waste every day. 

Acting Governor Sang Made Mahendra Jaya has suggested that up to 70% of Bali’s new tourism tax will be spent on tackling waste management when it is introduced on the 14th of February 2024.

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Two of the biggest threats to Bali’s tourism sector are traffic issues and waste management issues.

The Acting Governor told reporters in October, “50-70% [of tourism tax income] will be for waste handling. The hope is that in 2024, the waste problem will be resolved because funds are available.” 

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J West

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Stop referring to this garbage as "ocean waste" as you have done several times. This is " up-country villagers dumping garbage in the rivers, streams and ravines all year around waste and even leaving mounds of rotting garbage on the roadside and alleys that washes downstream when monsoon rains come". This is not 'Bule Waste'.....this is 'Bali Waste'. The beach cleaning robot is not new. It's been sifting the drying feces that washes up on the sand in front of 'world class' hotels that flush their sewage mere meters from the tide line.

Firechef

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

All I've got to say is; what goes around comes around. Pour garbage into the ocean and eventually it spits it back into your face. You can talk and talk and talk about being responsible in disposing garbage responsibly, but if nobody listens...oh well, you get it back. Mama Nature will see to it.

John

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Bali is over it's limit, block tourist

John

Saturday 6th of January 2024

@Harry EISERMANN, exactly. After that, stop mass tourism, stop building buildings of any kind, remove all insta-girlies “digital nomads” or “content” creators and other persons who does not help the local economy of Bali.

Harry EISERMANN

Friday 5th of January 2024

@John, indeed stop tourist for 6 month, as Duterte did in the Phillipine shut Borocay down a few years ago, total clean up, new waste management, and control numbers of toursit visiting It worked Today a clean Island Nobody complain

Jack

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Then they have no economy

Alex

Monday 1st of January 2024

Absolute nonsense. The same teams were out last year. They were completely invisible. I was there from March until end of May. Couldn't stand the filthy beaches, and grossly polluted streams any longer. I have the photos to prove it for deniers. Everything, in every article on this Bali tourism advertising site is a lie.

Niluh

Monday 1st of January 2024

No point to clean it up when Balinese people can't be bothered and throw trash to the rivers and any place they can. Educate locals first and fine them if they don't listen. About Bali officials talking... No, tourist tax won't tackle this issue, money will disappear and nothing will be done to solve the issue. Stop talking crap. Welcome to island of the trash.

@wp

Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

@wp goed verwoord "Eiland van de PRULLENBAK"

Exp

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

@Niluh, Yep. After dark in my area I can see people dropping their trash bags in the subak drain. No need to pay for garbage collection. A few days later this trash washes up on the beaches. Nice.