Danone-AQUA is in collaboration together with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Bali Provincial Administration, and Badung Regency Administration launched the Integrated Waste Management Facility (TPST) Sampahku Tanggung Jawabku (Samtaku), or My Waste My Responsibility, in Jimbaran.

The facility is established on an area of 5,000 square meters that was built in collaboration between Danone-AQUA and PT Reciki Mantap Jaya (Reciki), the operator of TPST, with full support from the Bali administration, Badung administration, and communities with a focus on waste management in Bali. TPST Samtaku Jimbaran is the largest waste management facility in Bali with maximum waste management of 120 tons per day.

The waste management in TPST Samtaku Jimbaran adopts the circular economy principles and Zero Waste to Landfill that allows all waste collected in the facility to be managed and fully reused so that nothing is wasted into the environment or ends up in the final disposal sites (TPA). The waste includes used plastic bottles that will be sent to Veolia’s plastic waste recycling plant in Pasuruan, East Java, to be processed into recycled PET (rPET) materials and will be used as the raw materials for the new Danone-AQUA plastic bottles. Organic waste will be managed into compost and some will be processed together with residual waste using Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) technology to produce fuel.

During the inauguration, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia said “Thank you for Danone-AQUA and Reciki for collaborating to build TPST Samtaku in Jimbaran. This kind of collaboration between the regional administration and private sector is an excellent example to be applied for waste management as well as the implementation of a paradigm shift in integrated waste management with a circular economy approach. We have agreed on the efforts to solve waste management issues by revitalizing TPS- 3R (Waste Management Facility for Reuse, Reduce and Recycle) and building new TPST so that waste can be handle as close as possible with its source. The existence of this TPST Samtaku that applies more advanced technology in waste processing is expected to completely handle waste problems in Bali so that we will no longer depend on Final Disposal Sites (TPA).”

I Nyoman Giri Prasta, Badung Regent said, “Every day, Bali produces 4,281 tons of waste or 1.5 million tons every year. Of this amount, only 48 percent can be managed, while 52 percent have not. That is why the Bali Provincial Administration and Badung Regency have made plastic waste management our main agenda and have issued several policies, including limiting the single-use of plastics. We fully support the development of TPST Samtaku. In addition to supporting the Bali Administration in reducing plastic waste, the facility also serves as a solution to manage waste from the source instead of letting it fill TPA Suwung, which is Bali’s largest disposal site.”

Karyanto Wibowo, Sustainability Director Danone Indonesia said, “We are grateful for the support given by the Central Government, Bali Provincial Administration, and Badung Regency to facilitate us in supporting the implementation of circular economy in Indonesia. TPST Samtaku provides not only a waste management solution but also a facility to spread knowledge and encourage behavior change with the construction of an educational facility in the TPST as well as education activities carried out directly to the community.”

As a Bottled Water (AMDK) producer, Danone-AQUA through AQUA Peduli Program has been a pioneer in the circular economy by recollecting and recycling post-consumption plastic bottle waste since 1993. In 2018, Danone-AQUA launched the #Bijakberplastik Movement which centers on three pillars – Collection, Education, and Innovation – aims at supporting Gerakan Indonesia Bersih.