Most Garbage Goes Uncollected: Official

Most Garbage Goes Uncollected: Official


Three-quarters of the 20,000 cubic metres of trash generated each day in Bali remains uncollected, an official has said.

Alit Sastrawan, head of the Bali environmental agency, told reporters in Denpasar on Saturday that the agency estimates that 75 percent of the waste is left at roadsides, or in illegal dumps.

“Every day around 15,000 cubic meters of trash does not end up in the official government-owned final garbage dump facility. Instead, the trash is thrown along the roadsides, alleys and in illegal dumps,” Sastrawan said.

Sastrawan said the agency’s lack of staff and equipment contributed to the issue, but he said that public attitudes to waste disposal were the key problem.

“Many people still think they can dump their trash anywhere.  Trash has disturbed our social and spiritual life, and it has also damaged our economic sources, especially the tourism industry,” he said, citing last month’s damning “Holidays in Hell” article in Time magazine which described Bali’s litter-strewn beaches.

Previously, in response to the article, Sastrawan had called for strict Singapore-style punishments for anyone caught littering.  A new bylaw to this effect is currently being prepared, he said.

“The provincial administration has finished drafting a bylaw on trash and has submitted the proposed bylaw to the provincial legislative council. The council is currently still deliberating the bylaw,” he said.

Sastrawan said the authorities were also planning to build a modernised waste-disposal site to replace the overstretched existing facility at Suwung.

1 Comment

  1. Living in Sanur says:

    The education should start with kids. Just today i saw a small girl in a vehicle in front of me standing on the back seat with her head hanging out the window (bad enough).

    She then proceeded to throw a pile of rubbish out of the car window whilst her mother in front looked and did nothing.

    The Keep Australia Beautiful campaign from the 1970’s was a great start to stopping people from throwing rubbish everywhere, and it went on to create ads on TV that shamed people who littered.

    Perhaps the government should take a look at that campaign and learn a lesson from it. This is not something that will be done and dusted in a month or two – its a long investment and one that needs to be continuously worked on and updated. millions of dollars need to be spent on this education and serious penalties should be paid by those who choose to go against these anti littering laws.

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