Waste to Wonder

Waste to Wonder

Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua meeting at R.O.L.E. Foundation’s
Island Sustaininability Education Centre, Sawangan, Nusa Dua. 14 February, 2013

The choice of Valentines Day for our hand over, presentation and announcement represent our love for Bali and her peoples by R.O.L.E. Foundation, Bali Wise and Rotary Club Bali, Nusa Dua. It is a good day to raise awareness. Just like your partner, Bali needs love and respect. Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua has given R.O.L.E. the means to do that, even if in small way. Bali is in her hour of need, with massive developments everywhere. It is estimated that 5,000 tons of solid waste are discarded daily directly into the environment with no processing. Figures on liquid waste are hard to come by because you can not see it and it disperses quickly. That, together with huge population influx, increasing traffic and resulting air pollution and over 10,000 hectares of farmland being being lost to development yearly Bali REALLY needs some loving care.

That is why Valentine’s Day was chosen as presentation day… Our love of Bali and her peoples.

Environmental Ambassadors
There are over 875 Banjars or local councils who are doing a fantastic job with cultural and religious issues, events etc…, but are finding it tough going with Village and Farmland Planning and Development. Also they are losing up to 80% of their population to jobs in the south of Bali. This is draining away of crucial talent that is needed to run an effective village council.

R.O.L.E. has identified the need to find young Balinese men and women who have a passion for a clean Bali and her surrounding oceans, starting with their villages and associated farmland and give them the tools through education to actually get positive infrastucture, system and management in town planning and development work done. Through permaculture starting with the “Waste to Wonder” Program disposing of the solid and liquid waste properly and using the organic material to grow healty food and livestock is a winner for all towns and villages. These young men and women look at Denpasar, Kuta, the Bukit in southern Bali and are scared. They are craving a sustainable Bali, starting with their own village and surrounding farmland and looking for the tools necessary to help their local Banjars which are also their families and friends. The Environmental Ambassador Program aims to help promote a healthy lifestyle and environment to these young people and their villages while creating jobs.

Environmental Ambassadors Certification
Today, 14 February, after — months training the first four students are graduating and being given certification from R.O.L.E.. Two from Ngis Manggis Village, East Bali, one from Sawangan, Bukit and one from Siligita, Nusa Dua. R.O.L.E. already has approximately eight for the next course, with the original 4 going on to our teacher / management program.

Completion – The Pilot Waste Management Program, Sawangan
The pilot program has been succesfully handed over to the Sawangan Banjar. R.O.L.E. with Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua’s professional assistance, both financial and engineering, developed and maintained this Solid Waste Management Pilot Project for the past 16 months.

Through 3 pick ups of solid waste around the village per week, education program of both adults and school kids, and the distribution of 6 large bins and over 250 small household bins, the system was built and, managed, maintained and financed.

As the completion of this pilot project was in sight the Sawangan Banjar through and its members applied for an received a truck, a shedder and acquired some land to do the sorting etc.. The Banjar are very aware of the necessity to maintain this vital service to its people who have now become accustomed to a cleaner environment. There are no longer piles of waste and smelling, burning heaps of toxic waste around Sawangan which is a breeding ground for rats, mosquitos, wild dogs and the accompanying diseases and long term lung problems. The effects of cleaning up the waste are hard to measure, but there is no doubt that people are already benefiting health wise. A successful project, from start up to completion and hand over. The hand over of the truck and shredder from Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua to the Waste to Wonder program is so important.

Hand over of Truck and Shredder
The completion of one project is the beginning of another using the same equipment. This equipment is now used to help Role maintain a working example at its Island Sustainability Education Center, educate Environmental Ambassadors, reach out to the villages and farmland all around Bali and so much more. One truck and one shredder, and sorting and composting buildings, valued at IDR 150 million. Thank you Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua, and not just for the funds; the assistant with the management, engineer and Banjar discussion was and a true partnership.

Integrated Village and Farmland Development Program / Waste – to – Wonder : Phase II
The Waste – to Wonder Development Model aims to :

  • Alleviate proverty by developing sustainable social enterprises at the village level, creating eco-friendly jobs to support rural communities.
  • Promote environmental health and sustainable agriculture by proverty disposing of toxic waste and composting of organic matter
  • Develop an infrastructure planning approach for rural development.

Why Banjar Ngis, Karangasem as the next village?

  • 82 out of 706 villages in Bali have a proverty rate more than 35 percent, mostly in Karangasem and Buleleng regencies. In Banjar Ngis up to 80% of the population has moved to urban areas in search of work, draining local economy. Two of R.O.L.E.’s first Environmental Ambassadors Komang and Nengah are from Br. Ngis.
  • December 2012 – Role Foundation received aletter of request from Banjar Ngis to help develop a waste management and organic gardening program for Br. Ngis.
  • January 2013 – Letter of Confirmation from Role Foundation and Preliminary Meeting at Ngis Village.
  • February 2013 – Meeting with members of Br. Ngis to develop project plan.
  • Today – 14th February 2013, signing of the MOU between R.O.L.E. Foundation and Br. Ngis.

Role Foundation will support Desa Adat Ngis to develop :

  • Garbage collection services in Ngis Village.
  • Waste processing (sorting and recycling) at a site, yet to be determined, in Ngis Village. Recyclable materials to be sold to cover operating cost.
  • Composting of organic waste.
  • Community Organic Gardens (fruit / vegetables / herbs etc) using the principles of permaculture. Garden organic products to be sold to hotels and restaurants to cover operating costs
  • Homestays for Eco – Tourism and Agri – Tourism as sustainable income for the local community.
  • Planning of Riral Infrastructure Development for Ngis Village.

Mike O’Leary
R.O.L.E. Foundation