On Thursday, 5th December 2019, Waste4Change was honored to be able to host a visit from The Minister of Development Cooperation Denmark as well as the delegations from the Embassy of Denmark in Bekasi office. The delegates from the Embassy of Denmark are also welcomed by Mrs. Risma Yunarti as the representative of VIDA Bekasi. This visit aims to explore existing solutions that are currently being done to help alleviate Indonesia’s immense challenges in waste sector, which was illustrated by the grim condition of Bantar Gebang landfill.
At around 09.30 a.m, Denmark’s Minister of Development Cooperation, His Excellency Mr. Rasmus Prehn, accompanied by the Ambassador of Indonesia to Denmark, His Excellency Mr. M. Ibnu Said, as well as the delegates from the Embassy of Denmark arrived at Waste4Change’s office. The visit was commenced with a presentation from Mohamad Bijaksana Junerosano as the founder and CEO of Waste4Change regarding the business model of Waste4Change in responsible waste management. The visit was then followed by a casual discussion while visiting Waste4Change’s facilities, namely the Material Recovery Facility as well as the The Composting House.
Horrible waste management systems in Indonesia still poses a big problem. Data from Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry in 2015 stated that as much as 81% of domestic waste is not segregated. From the total of 175.000 tons of waste that are generated every day, 69% of them are disposed to landfill, whereas 10% are buried, 5% are burnt, and the remaining 8.5% are not managed, which means those waste can enter bodies of water like rivers and oceans and will most likely pollute the ecosystem.
Denmark itself has demonstrated a strong commitment in regards to solid waste management issues, especially under Danida, a term for Denmark’s development cooperation, which is an area of activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Up until now, Danida has provided research grants for institutions in Indonesia whose programs fall under the category of addressing solid waste management issues.
In addition to the solid waste management issues, Denmark also pays attention to the implementation of Circular Economy in Indonesia. Consequently, the Embassy of Denmark provided funding for Indonesia Circular Economy Forum that was held consecutively by Greeneration Foundation in 2018 and 2019.
Hopefully, the visit from Denmark’s Minister of Development Cooperation and the delegation from the Embassy of Denmark to Waste4Change’s office will give birth to impactful collaborations between Waste4Change and the Embassy of Denmark in the field of solid waste management in order to overcome Indonesia’s waste crisis.