Our flagship best-practice model on community-led waste management in remote and rural regions : the IWP Komodo Model

Our community-led development approach advocates community engagement in decision-making and management, with a goal of using communities’ local knowledge and resources to run this effective program which is based on inclusivity and equity of communities. This approach amplifies the voice of communities.

When we roll out this intervention in and with communities, we customise the interventions to local needs & gaps.

Since 2010 we are experienced in waste roadmap development and engaging communities in a collective approach on advancing solutions on waste & litter.

Collection of recyclables in remote and rural regions pose specific challenges, regarding low waste management infrastructure and long distances to the recycling factories, which are mainly located on Java.

We are creative, flexible and customise our program to local circumstances, state of waste management, culture and type of community (subsistence fishing and farming communities, tourism hotspots). Each community has its specific characteristics.

We collaborate with community, central government, local government, local non-governmental actors and the Indonesian recycling sector.

We collaborate with companies and brand-owners based on the 2019 decree by the Ministry of Environment & Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

Community-led waste management

We support communities to understand why waste needs to be reduced, why it is important to reduce single-use, why households and businesses need to segregate their waste.

Materials which have recyclability properties are separately collected and send to recycling factories on Java. Plastics which have no recycling properties are collected for landfilling. We integrate awareness about the impact about open burning of waste.

We organise and join in community litter clean-ups – litter in the ocean, on beaches, river banks and in-land.

We distinguish Waste from Litter

Waste

The collected materials separated at household and company level which have recyclability properties are transported to mechanical recycling facilities on Java. Plastics, metal, carton/paper.

We classify those materials as ‘A’ quality. We log the data on quantities collected and prevented from becoming ‘litter’

Litter

Littered plastic is mostly degraded due to exposure to UV and bio-fouling. They have limited recyclability properties in mechanical recycling. We separate PET, PP, HDPE as ‘B” quality with the aim to be recycled into fibers in separate batches, preventing contamination of ‘A’ quality. These ‘B’ batches will be used in a trial for production of items which do not require virgin plastic content.

Open burning of waste and litter

Removing collected waste and litter from communities leads to a reduction of open burning of waste. We collect data on reduction of open burning of waste.

Awareness and Climate & Waste literacy

We have developed quality education materials since 2013, including a comprehensive teacher training curriculum. This is an integrated part of our IWP Komodo Model.

For information contact Marta Muslin (national coordinator) at icamarta.007@gmail.com

SDGs addressed

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