IWP takes measures to reduce the negative impacts on Climate and Environment caused by mismanaged organic and non-organic waste in rural & remote communities and small island fishing communities. We roll out this intervention in and with communities, we customise the interventions to local needs & gaps.

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.

Waste Roadmap development

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).

Collection from island subsistence fishing communities

May 2022 Pulau Mesa Location -8.52633, 119.74534
IWP-MBRC sorting center in Labuan Bajo

🔥 Reduction of open burning of plastic 🔥

We educate and integrate socialisation about the negative impact of open burning of plastic waste on climate & public health

🦟 Waste & vector-borne diseases 🦟

We collaborate with community members and other stakeholder organisations on raising awareness about drains and gutters blocked by litter, aggravating the spreading of vector-borne diseases via stagnant water.

Refilling, material reduction at source

An important part of our work in communities is reduction of the use of non-recyclable packaging by introducing an alternative delivery model refilling.

Check out this page which explains how we started up refilling in Labuan Bajo and fishing communities in Komodo National Park.

Waste & tourism

We built capacity in the Flores Homestay Network on the management of waste in community-based tourism and advise other tourism stakeholders.


We update our waste, litter and financial data files weekly. These data files are accessible by local government and our donors via shared documents.

Komodo Report 2021

Our theory of change

Explore IWP theory of change on Community-led mitigation of negative impacts on Climate and Environment – Managing organic and non-organic waste
in Rural & Remote Communities (RRC) in Indonesia

In the media

July 2022 Metro TV

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