Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia, Rut Krüger Griverin, encourages Indonesian sustainable companies to cooperate with their local societies.
The ambassador and the Regent of Banyuwangi, Ipuk Fiestiandani Azwar Anas visited the Reduce Reuse Recycle Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMS) in Indonesia on September 16, 2023. A sustainable waste management initiative, which is fully supported by the Norwegian government and the Austrian business institution Borealis.
IWMS is a part of the Banyuwangi Green Program – a continuation of the Project Stop (Stop Ocean Plastics) by the Indonesian NGO PT Systemiq Lestari – who work together to improve the environment in the city of Banyuwangi, by controlling plastic waste through sorting waste directly from households. Right now they can sort out more than 55.000 households around the area, thanks to it waste processing technologies.
But Griverin hopes that IWMS will also encourage the surrounding community to be more environmentally conscious in general, rather than just managing waste.
“We cannot only react but also take action. Cooperation at a local level is the key to addressing waste issues,” she said.
Source: Jakarta Post