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.
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.
“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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