Greencycle-Schwarz Group and Waste4Change to Launch 3 Clean-Up Boats to Clean Kali Bekasi in 2020

Kapal pembersih sampah See Hamster yang akan mulai membersihkan Kali Bekasi di tahun 2020
The waste-cleaning vessels, See Hamster, which are set to clean Kali Bekasi in 2020

At The 3rd Indonesia Circular Economy Forum, Pullman Hotel Jakarta Thamrin CBD, Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, The Greencycle-Schwarz Group from Germany officially donated 3 clean-up boats, See Hamster, to Waste4Change. Witnessed by all the invited guests and Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Kemenkomaritim RI), Greencycle-Schwarz Group and Waste4Change announced a collaboration under the OEOO (Our Earth Our Ocean) organization to launch waste-cleaning vessels that will begin operating to clean Kali Bekasi (Bekasi River) waste in the year 2020.

Peresmian kerja sama antara Greencycle-Schwarz Group dan Waste4Change dalam project OEOO (Our Earth Our Ocean) dalam bentuk kapal permbersih sampah yang akan mulai membersihkan Kali Bekasi di tahun 2020
Collaboration between Greencycle-Schwarz Group and Waste4Change under the project OEOO (Our Earth Our Ocean) in the form of waste-cleaning vessels that will start cleaning Kali Bekasi in 2020

Assistance by Greencycle-Schwarz Group and Waste4Change for the operation of See Hamster (cleaning vessels) in Bekasi River is planned to be carried out for the next 3 years (2023). Not only conducting evacuation and cleaning up waste from Kali Bekasi, Greencycle-Schwarz Group and Waste4Change will also focus on doing both research and recycling of the collected waste.

With full funding and expertise from the Greencycle-Schwarz Group, it is hoped that the waste recycling process and the procurement of a sustainable waste collection system will be achieved.

The See Hamster procurement program in Kali Bekasi is acknowledged by the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Kemenkomaritim RI) as it is in line with the 2025 Clean-from-Waste Indonesia as well as the National Action Plan (Rencana Aksi Nasional) for countering marine debris.

MoU signing that marks the handover of 3 waste-cleaning vessels from Greencycle-Schwartz Group and One Earth One Ocean to Waste4Change in order to clean Kali Bekasi in 2020
MoU signing that marks the handover of 3 waste-cleaning vessels from Greencycle-Schwartz Group and One Earth One Ocean to Waste4Change in order to clean Kali Bekasi in 2020.

In picture (from left to right): Dr. Harald Frank (Project Manager of One Earth One Ocean Organization), Mr. Safri Burhanuddin (Deputy of Coordination of Human Resources, Science Technology & Maritime Culture of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment), Hanna Niklas (Representative of Greencycle-Schwarz Group on Reset Plastic Project), Mohamad Bijaksana Junerosano (Founder & Managing Director of Waste4Change), Tri Adhianto Tjahyono (Vice Mayor of Bekasi City)

The Indonesian Ministry of Environmental and Forestry (KLHK RI) has stated that Indonesia produces 65 million tons of solid waste in the year 2016. The waste-collecting vessels launched in Bekasi are expected to become a pioneer of larger solutions for overcoming marine debris in the long run.

The location of Kali Bekasi in the West Java region was chosen as the launching point for 3 See Hamster ships due to the river’s condition that requires immediate action.

Data from the Indonesian Central Statistics Agency (Badan Pusat Statistik Indonesia) in 2015 showed that Bekasi residents produce 1,913 tons of waste per day and as much as 40.5%, namely 775 tons of Bekasi’s waste, is prone to enter the sea every day. This program is also in accordance with the mission of Bekasi City Government (Pemerintah Kota Bekasi) to make Bekasi City clean and healthy. As a long-term step, Bekasi City has opened opportunities to work with various parties, including the private sector, who is interested in investing in waste management.

Waste4Change is currently focusing on building and developing waste management operations that can cater up to 2000 tons of waste per day and is approaching several cities and districts that are open to working together to clean up waste, such as in Bekasi River. We hope that with this waste-cleaning vessel procurement program, all parties will be able to feel the positive impact of a clean Bekasi River for the next 3 years and so on, and also in other rivers in Indonesia

– Mohamad Bijaksana Junerosano, founder and managing director of Waste4Change .