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Danone-AQUA Joins The Biggest Annual Clean-up In Bali

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Danone-AQUA has once again joined Bali’s biggest annual clean-up on Sunday (20/2) as part of their efforts to solve the island’s plastic waste issue and help Bali stay pristine.

The trash clean-up movement, The One Island-One Voice by Bye Bye Plastic Bags, was implemented across the island for the 6th time, with support from the community, environmental NGOs, and concerned corporate establishments, including Danone-AQUA.

A corporation known for its significant investment in driving the circular economy through its #BijakBerplastik movement, Danona-AQUA chose Balangan Beach in southern Bali as its clean-up location for this year.

balangan beach

After being committed for over a decade to improving waste awareness through education, better waste collection, and innovative packaging for water products, Danone-AQUA has decided that Balangan Beach was a good match for its long and close heritage with the ‘old’ Bali and early surfing pioneers.

All the waste collected from Balangan was transported to the Waste Disposal Facility (TPST) Samtaku Jimbaran, a ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ initiated by PT Reciki Mantap Jaya, Danone-AQUA, and other partners. The Director of Sustainable Development for Danone-AQUA Indonesia, Karyanto Wibowo, confirmed that the most efficient way to reduce plastic waste by 70% in 2025 is to commit to a holistic circular economic approach.

Danone TPST

“These grassroots clean-ups complement the circular economy approaches that we implement with various partners. Our greatest focus is on managing waste at its source from the households, where the much-needed behavioral change must start,” Wibowo said.

Danone-AQUA is also committed to utilizing the collected materials in producing new packaging for their water bottle products, thus reducing plastic waste. This embodies Danone’s global vision – One Planet, One Earth.

Bali also faces challenges concerning its pristine beaches, from the waste being washed ashore to leaks on the island’s 3,500 km of waterways. With over 90% of the total population living within 1 km from the river, lake, and coast, this creates an urgent need to change the way people dispose of and manage their waste. 33,000 tons of plastics were reportedly leaked into the waterways every year.

It is a little-known fact that in Bali, Danone-AQUA has already collected and recycled more plastic bottles than it uses. This is done through partnerships with local NGOs, community groups, scavengers, and waste banks. Likewise, Danone-AQUA believes that everyone should be involved in accelerating Indonesia’s transition to a circular economy and help solve the plastic waste issue.

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Lavista

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Product and its packaging are part of the supply chain. So many elements and parties involved. The so called innovation of plastic as packaging has been there and in part of community worldwide since the booming of industry - of mostly western countries post WW II.

No plastic - we will not have cars, no motorcycle. Only if you want to count how many plastics in your 1 single room, not to mention house, then how many you can find?

Over production, over consumption, over waste (most leaking to the environment) - then who act, every single one of us!!!

The problem that the use of plastics for many means, has not been followed by a proper waste management. Also the end consumer behaviour thinks as long as the waste is not in front of me or simply out of my house , then it's not my problem.

Many so called more developed countries have done separation, then what happened to the plastics waste they produced, exported to other countries including Indonesia.

So one action made from a company will not solve too much complexitiy issue such this. Then how about me, you and all of us can do?

We are only talking about plastics, so many types of waste being dumped improperly. Used fabrics to used metals.

Let's know things better to act more positively.

Steven

Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

The Bali goverment needs to install large recycling bins across the Island. In europe you have them located at supermarkets, these are very large disposal bins for plastics, metals / cans and paper / cardboard. Then the local councils collect and take to recycling plants. If the locals had this option they may stop dumping their waste / rubbish in rivers. Until a solution like this is provided then the problem will continue to exist. Recycling collection and plants would create jobs. Its also economically viable to recycle here in Indonesia, which is not the case in the west which require large subsidies from the goverments to run these schemes.

Kris

Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

Great journalism... Copy and paste from Danone's press release.

Kade Lasiadi

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

I hope this great movement will continue and educate the family in the household of where tp start from and of how they should deal with plastic waste and surely it needs the goverment involvement till this becomes a habit of the upcoming generations.

Wayan Bo

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

Because oil prices are to high, it could become profitable recycling business too.