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.
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.
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.
You Can Play a ROLE!
You, as a person or as a company can play a ROLE to make Bali more environmental friendly.
See how you can participate as: