Sharing Ecological Knowledge

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Sharing Ecological Knowledge

The ZeroWaste Center is an environmental skills center run by R.O.L.E. Foundation. Its purpose is to share ecological knowledge & waste management training for local governments, businesses, communities and people, so that they can apply it into their working surroundings and their daily lives. By doing so, the local environment will be improved and the amount of waste ending up in rivers and oceans, or going to landfill will be reduced.

Why We Need to Act

Indonesia is the 2nd BIGGEST POLLUTER IN THE WORLD. Every day, Indonesia produces 130,000 tons of solid and liquid waste. Approximately 50% of this reaches the landfill. The rest is either burned or illegally dumped and bleeds into the ocean. This massive volume of waste entering our oceans and skies threatens any chance of a sustainable future.

WASTE HANDLING – Collected waste in Bali ends up at landfills. Organic and non-organic waste isn’t seperated.

Organic waste (65-80%) in landfills produces methane gas, which contributes 23 times more to global warming than CO2.

GOVERNANCE IN BALI – Most of the 280 councils (Desa) and 850 sub-councils (Banjar) of Bali have few skill sets and knowledge about professional waste management.

There are few exceptions, of course, but this story is very similar across the Archipelago.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES – As there is no waste management system in place, people throw their waste in dry river beds or burn it.

If rubbish bins and collection services would be available, 90% of the people would use them.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH – In the Indonesian schooling system there’s little education about the environment. 

A change of mindset on waste management is needed, and the best place to start growing awareness is among the young generation. 

R.O.L.E. Foundation’s ZeroWaste Programs

ZeroWaste Specialist Training

We train companies in Bali and people from the local communities. The purpose of the ZeroWaste Training is to educate people how to safely separate waste, so that each type becomes more valuable as either recycled or upcycled material. 

Kids Environmental Classroom

We teach kids aged 9-15 from public schools in South Kuta to apply environmental principles by examining local problems and finding solutions. The aim is to develop longer-term thinking, so they become more aware of their environmental impact in their communities. 

ZeroWaste Soap

R.O.L.E. Foundation up-cycles used soaps from hotels. Women from the local villages are trained and employed to produce it. The up-cycled soaps are distributed to those in need. As a business in the Bali’s hospitality industry, you can join the ZeroWaste Soap program. 

Beach Cleanups

Every month, we do a beach cleanup in south Bali. The collected waste is weighted and brought to the ZeroWaste Center for further separation.

The aim is to bring as least as possible to the landfill, and raise awareness about the value of waste and alternative ways of dealing with waste.

Latest News

Air Canada Takes Action for Kelan Beach

This month's Beach Cleanup was special because we collaborated with Air Canada who brought 35 participants who were ready to clean up the beaches in Bali. On July 5, 2024, we...

Beyond the Beauty: Kuta Beach Cleanup Tackles Plastic Pollution

Under the clearing skies of Kuta Beach, a committed group of environmental enthusiasts gathered for an early beach cleanup on June 8th, 2024. Despite the morning rain that...

Preserving Paradise: A Year of Coral Restoration Efforts

This blog post chronicles a year of dedication by ZeroWaste Center by R.O.L.E. Foundation in restoring and protecting coral reefs in Nusa Dua, Bali. Our journey began in November...

Varnion and ZeroWaste Center Unite for a Cleaner Kedonganan Beach: 509.57 kg of Waste Removed!

On April 19th, 2024, under the vast skies of Kedonganan Beach, a community of environmental enthusiasts came together for a noble cause. Despite the unexpected rain that delayed...

SD 6 Ungasan and SD 3 Kutuh Joined ZeroWaste Goes to School Program!

298 students have received the impacts of the ZeroWaste Center Goes to School Program in April 2024. We visited two elementary schools which are SD 6 Ungasan and SD 3 Kutuh....

574.09 KG of Waste Removed: Kuta Beach Cleanup Makes a Difference!

On March 15th, we organized a Beach Cleanup at Kuta Beach. The previous day, an exceptionally high tide had washed a significant amount of waste onto the shores of Kuta Beach....

Clean Waves for Kelan: R.O.L.E. Beach Cleanup

This month's Beach Cleanup was very special because we collaborated with PT. Sumitomo Indonesia who brought 120 participants who were ready to clean up the beaches in Bali. On...

Building the Greener Generation – ZeroWaste Goes to School

In January 2024, we started the ZeroWaste Center Goes to School (Z-GTS) program in two schools, SMP 3 Kuta Selatan and SD 3 Benoa. If the previous year we only focused on...

Sustainability Meets Community: ZeroWaste Center Bazaar

The first 2024 ZeroWaste Bazaar was held on Friday the 19th of January at the ZeroWaste Center in Sawangan. It was not just a marketplace; it was a vibrant celebration of...

Beyond Cleanup: R.O.L.E. Foundation Transforms Sekeh Beach

To kick off the new year, we chose Sekeh Beach as the location to hold our Monthly Beach Cleanup for January. Thank you to Club Ocean for faithfully supporting this event to...


You Can Play a ROLE!

You, as a person or as a company can play a ROLE to make Bali more environmental friendly. 

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