Help raise funds for Kit Bags to help our volunteer Waste Warriors in the fight against ocean plastic!
We are giving Waste Warrior Kit Bags to volunteers who commit their time on a regular basis as this helps strengthen motivation within the Waste Warrior teams and and empowers them in sharing the knowledge they receive in our training programme to mobilise others in their villages.
Indonesia is the second largest contributor of ocean plastic after China. Every 20 minutes the equivalent of a 10-tonne truckload of plastic enters the waters around Indonesia.
Up to 83% of Indonesia’s waste is mis-managed, with a large percentage of that ending up in rivers and oceans – bad news when it comes to plastic. Around 70% of Indonesian waste is organic, so turning that into usable compost is key to creating sustainable communities and essential for maintaining healthy soil.
Providing solutions and education is vital, not just for Indonesia, but for the whole planet.
A grass-roots solution: Waste Warriors!
CLEAR Community are training teams of Waste Warriors to set up and manage their own Waste Banks (waste recycling centres) in response to the immense problem of plastic pollution in Indonesia.
CLEAR is helping villagers in Indonesia move towards ‘zero waste’ through the Waste Banks, and by training local Waste Warriors CLEAR are changing attitudes to waste, treating it as a material resource to be managed, rather than something to be thrown into the river, burnt in the street or buried in the garden.
Waste Banks effectively buy recyclable waste from people, making the waste valuable, and worth collecting, and teach people how to use recycle their organic waste, or upcycle non-organic waste into crafts. Recyclable waste is then sold to a waste trader who will sell it on to a larger recycling plant, and the credits can be exchanged for money.
The first wave of our program will focus on 4 new villages in Java with the aim of preventing plastic waste ending up in the oceans, spreading ideas around permaculture and upcycling, and changing attitudes to waste in general.
CLEAR Waste Banks also accept organic waste which can be turned into compost, and non-recyclable plastic which can be upcycled for crafts or transformed into fuel using a pyrolysis machine.
CLEAR Waste Banks offers opportunities to learn and exchange ideas about sustainability and permaculture as well as a place to recycle your waste.
Change is Happening
Already we are seeing a difference in attitudes in Batukaras, and we are hoping to spread the ideas and share knowledge, facilitating more CLEAR Waste Banks schemes in neighbouring villages. This could be a huge step towards creating much need grassroots waste infrastructure across Indonesia.
So what do we need?
CLEAR Community has developed a mentoring programme to upskill teams of local Waste Warriors to run and promote waste banks in their own villages. Everything is run by volunteers, so we hope to inspire and motivate people to take part by offering Waste Warrior Kit Bags to those who commit to the cause.
We want to raise £600 to pay for kit bags to reward and incentivise Waste Warriors in villages in West Java....
What’s in a Kit Bag?
Each kit will consist of:
a Waste Warrior 'uniform' t-shirt
a cotton tote bag promoting plastic-free living
a reusable metal water bottle
a stainless steel straw
£5 will pay for a Waste Warrior T-shirt
£10 will cover the cost of a Kit Bag
£15 will cover the cost of both!
All items will be sourced locally to minimise environmental impact.
By sharing knowledge and offering technical support have begun a chain reaction working towards a cleaner planet for everyone. Unlike most Charities we are run by volunteers, so over 99% of any funding goes directly to action on the ground in Indonesia. Please support us to increase our impact by donating now.
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