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Tourists Join Collective Efforts To Clean Bali’s Beaches

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In the last week, some of Bali’s most popular tourist beaches have been hit by tidal waves of plastic waste.

With garbage piling up over 10cm across Kedonganan Beach and across the Kuta area, it’s an all-hands-on-deck situation to clear up the disaster. 

Tourists Join Collective Efforts To Clean Bali’s Beaches

In a story that is still unfolding, the Badung Environment and Hygiene Service (LHK) has deployed three loader units to speed up the process of cleaning up consigned waste at Kedonganan Beach in the Jimbaran resort area.

This is in addition to one hundred clean-up operators and community volunteer garage collectors, including some tourists.

As a result of the cleaning since 8 am on Wednesday, 20th March, the cleaning crews managed to collect at least 100 tons of waste, which was dominated by plastic waste, and there’s more to go. 

Speaking to reporters, the LHK Marine Debris Evacuation Detection Coordinator, Made Gede Dwipayana, explained, “We have deployed a total of three loader units.”

“Now we are directing it there (Kedonganan Beach), while at Seminyak, Legian, and Kuta beaches, the rubbish has subsided somewhat.”

Bali’s Sungai Watch team has supported the clean-up efforts. The NGO conducts river and beach clean-ups across Bali every year and is one of the most impactful environmental groups in the province.

Giri Mariani, Clean Up Coordinator for Sungai Watch, said, “We already know that consigned rubbish is always pulled over every year at Kedonganan Beach, so this can be said to be cleaned up, which is very urgent.”

“We have been cleaning here regularly since 2021. We have coordinated with the Badung LHK Service and also local residents regarding our intention to clean up rubbish here.”

Mariani added, “We care about the environment, especially in river areas, because we try to prevent rubbish from rivers from escaping into the sea.”

Mariani expressed the hope that more efforts will be invested in tackling Bali’s ever-mounting waste management issues on behalf of Sungai Watch and the wider community.

Mariani said. “We also hope that the central government can be firm in waste management and increase knowledge about waste management from an early age among school children.”

In 2015 and 2016, the tidal wave of trash that washed up on Kendonganan Beach reached 50cm deep in places.

While the 10cm of this latest tragedy is comparatively small, it is the first the area has seen in the last couple of years and is spread wide along the beachfront.

Clean-up teams are prepared for the fact the worst may be yet to come. 


Dwipayana told reporters earlier this week, “This is not the first phenomenon, but it is a regular occurrence every year. If the west wind waste is on Kedonganan Beach it will definitely be plastic waste, if it’s south of Jimbaran it will definitely be wood waste and that’s normal.”

It is not only Kendonganan Beach that is being affected by tidal trash, but the island’s waterways, too. Sungai Watch has organized a community clean-up operation at Dreamland Beach for Friday, 22nd March.

Sungai Watch’s clean-up operations are managed by the Sungai Watch full-time clean-up crews, and the wider community and tourists are welcome to join. 


Santai and Drifter will participate in Friday’s beach clean-up as part of World Water Day. The session will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dreamland Beach in Pecatu Village, Uluwatu. Gloves and bags will be provided. 

Tourism Officer based at Dreamland Beach, Wayan Mantra, told reporters, “The trash floating there is trash sent from the sea. The condition of the Loloan estuary, which is covered with sand, means that the rubbish is trapped.”

There is a 200m stretch of the estuary from the river mouth towards the inland that will be cleaned up. 

Tourists Run Away From Dangerous Waves Weather Storm At Dreamland Beach in Bali.jpg

He added, “The plan is that a team from Sungai Watch will go down on 22nd March 2024 to clean it…Tourists have no problem with this consignment of rubbish. What they complain about is usually when rubbish is scattered on the coast.” 

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Monday 25th of March 2024

I do actually commend for writing these articles this will hopefully get the government out of their slumber and actually start working for the people and Bali instead of just sitting back, patting themselves on the back and sticking cash in their pockets.


Monday 25th of March 2024

The rubbish dump that is Bali is nothing new.the water ways are full of plastic waste and where does it go when the rain comes...yeah right onto the beaches. The government is useless, they will do nothing to help unless there is cash involved.

David Gillies

Monday 25th of March 2024

It is an absolute scam that there is 150,000 rupiah tax for arriving tourist. Bali is making over 1 million US dollars EACH month with this new tax and there are people picking up the trash by hand. The massive amount of trash on the beach requires motorized machinery to do this work. How come the Balinese government can buy this equipment with all the tourist tax they are collecting each month. It's a scam and a disgrace.

Fed Up

Wednesday 27th of March 2024

@David Gillies,

Yep 100% .


Sunday 24th of March 2024

No trash collected in my area (south Denpasar outside the tourist zone) last 3 weeks, since before Nyepi. Trash is piling up now. It is clear that basic services like trash collection no longer function here.


Sunday 24th of March 2024

Pay people price per kilo for plastic will dissappear quickly..all the indomie packets bundled together and delivered to the factory in West java..wooden waste to power generation plant