This month, R.O.L.E. Foundation cleaned up Kelan Beach, close to the Ngurah Rai Airport. A total of 25 participants collected 62.3 kg of non-organic waste, while watching the air planes taking off.

Condition of the beach

The shore was quite clean, but a lot of waste was found between the rocks, corals, and also in the surrounding bush. And as food sellers usually sell their food in the afternoons near the parking lot area, waste was also found there.

Overall cleanup results

In 1.5 hours, R.O.L.E. Foundation’s staff and volunteers, together with the Bali WISE students collected 62.3 kg of non-organic waste. Afterwards, the waste was separated and the biggest amount consisted of hard plastics (21%), which was mainly styrofoam food wrappings, and rubbers (21%), which mainly consisted of slippers and other footwear.

Waste separation before bringing it to landfill

We were quite surprised that the official tourism-conscious group of Kelan Village offered help in transporting the waste from the beach to the landfill. They declared it’s very common for them to do this, as many groups of people are doing beach cleanups in that area.

We appreciated the help, but it shows that still many people don’t recognize the need of waste separation in order to reduce the amount going to landfill.

Beach cleanup to create awareness

And this why it’s so important to conduct beach cleanups. The beach will only be clean for a short while, but while cleaning, knowledge about the right way to deal with the collected waste can be shared with others. Thanks to B1G1 for supporting this beach cleanup!