Sawangan Waste Management Pilot Project

Sawangan Waste Management Pilot Project

Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua and ROLE Foundation
Waste Management Pilot Project Marks Environmental Progress for Sawangan

Saturday 3rd of December, Sawangan, Bali, Indonesia

The Sawangan Pilot Waste Management Project is a partnership between R.O.L.E. Foundation and Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua which aims at cleaning up the small village of Sawangan for the benefit of residents, local businesses, visitors and future generations. 

A newly renovated collection truck, new bins, and uniforms of the collection staff were put to use in the honorable work of making Sawangan a rubbish free village. Five large 660L bins, adorned with the project partner logos, were placed in strategic locations within the village and a test run of the truck and audio system was performed. The truck, funded by Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua, will play music to alert residents of its passing and the opportunity to easily and safely dispose of their household waste.
The collection service will run three times weekly, with one driver and two collection staff to keep the village rubbish free. All rubbish will be sorted by R.O.L.E. and collected by EcoBali for recycling and all organic matter will be composted for use in the R.O.L.E. Eco-Learning Park as potting soil for permaculture and reforestation projects. R.O.L.E. will manage the project for one year and then hand over management to the local Banjar (community government).
Passionate Balinese conservationist, Pak Ketut Mertaadi, of EcoBali addressed the villagers on Saturday 3, December explaining the dangers posed by improper waste disposal – ranging from disease and illnesses, to the loss of business and quality of life. Many people were surprised to learn the connection that exists between rubbish piles containing small pools of water and mosquito borne diseases, such as Dengue Fever; and the link between burning rubbish and respiratory diseases, such as asthma, cancer and even impotence. Commenting on the project, Pak Ketut stated “This is an important matter, and one that people ignore until it is too late. The health of a family member is not worth the risks posed by tossing our rubbish on the side of the road. Burning plastic is especially harmful to children.”


The village is surrounded by several luxury hotels, and the disparity between the lush, clean gardens in front of the resorts and the rubbish lined streets and smoldering illegal dumps of the area is shocking.  The Banjar now encourages local residents to participate as best they can, by not throwing their rubbish on the ground or into rivers and ravines. Pak Made Liman of the Banjar described the situation “We have not had a system, and now we will be able to keep Sawangan clean, our thanks to the Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua and R.O.L.E. Foundation.”
The Banjar will be enforcing new rules for Sawangan, ensuring that every warung and shop provide a rubbish bin and a clean store front for their customers. The Banjar have been active in determining sites for public bins and establishing rules for shops, restaurants and residents regarding rubbish collection as well as helping with the distribution of educational materials. R.O.L.E founder, Mike O’Leary, has high expectations for the project: “We hope that this Waste Management Pilot Project, in partnership between Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua (funding) and R.O.L.E. Foundation (staffing, education and management) and the Sawangan Banjar and Village (policing and local guidance) will become an example to the whole of Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa area.

With an estimation of over 5,500 tones of solid waste being dumped in the country sides of Bali every day, a sustainable living for all Balinese could be in jeopardy if these kinds of projects do not succeed and do not find the necessary govermental support at all levels.
I really want to thank the dedicated team of Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua for having the foresight, patience and confidence in putting this project together and for having worked so hard to make this launching a success. We will not let them down. Also, thanks to Made and Wayan at the Banjar of Sawangan village for understanding the need and embracing this project. We want this to be the start of a Sawangan Garden Village, a proud place to live and bring up children.”

Mike O’Leary
R.O.L.E. Foundation