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 February 24, 2024, we held BCU x PT. Sumitomo Indonesia at Kelan Beach. Coupled with participants from Bali WISE students and R.O.L.E. Foundation staff, the total number of participants was around 160 people. We would like to thank Club Ocean for sponsoring our Monthly Beach Cleanup as well. In less than an hour, we managed to collect 389.6 kg of non-organic waste. Although the weather was unpredictable at the time, we managed to take concrete action to protect the beach and ocean from plastic waste. This action is expected to be able to have a big impact on all participants who are present about the dangers of plastic waste in the sea and are also expected to be able to inspire a set of people to take action.

Location and Condition of the Beach

Kelan Beach is one of the favorite beaches to visit in South Kuta, Bali. People come here to enjoy the sunset moment with family and friends. It is located just beside the International Ngurah Rai Airport. During this rainy season, a lot of waste is easily found along the coastline. It is worsened by some irresponsible visitors that just leave their waste on the beach. Therefore this beach looks so dirty when I did a survey here. Some fishermen told me that some cleaners from the government sometimes do cleanup but not often. Furthermore, if you visit the beach, you will not see many trash bins around while the beach receives a lot of local visitors every day. So we chose this beach to be the venue for conducting beach cleanup this month. We hope people will see us with real action for a better environment and future generations.

Waste Collection and Separation

We collected 389,6 kg of non organic waste during the Beach Cleanup at Kelan Beach. As we can see on the pie chart, residue dominates the percentage of total waste collected which is about 67% of total waste. This month is the rainy season that could affect the increased amount of waste on some beaches in Bali including Kelan Beach where we found a lot of non organic waste that were mostly in dirty and broken waste that we categorize as residue. We collected around 80 kg of glass bottles during this event, this glass bottle will be crushed and recycled at the center. Hard plastic such as plastic glass bottles and plastic cups could touch approximately 5% of total waste. Otherwise, soft plastic such as laminated and colored plastic only reaches 1.8% of the collected waste. There are 4% shoes/slippers that were collected during the event. Aluminum can and Tetrapak are the minorities of this percentage.