Surabaya’s Waste Bank Workshop
Surabaya City of Indonesia, Jawa Pos (a regional newspaper) and partners jointly organised a workshop on ‘Waste and Pollution Free Environment: Toward Blue Skies in Surabaya’ from 1 – 3 November 2011 in Graha Sawunggaling, 6th Floor (City Administration Meeting Hall), as one of the activities under the ASEAN ESC Model Cities Programme.
The workshop, which was opened by Surabaya Mayor Ms. Tri Rismaharini, had about 130 participants from various stakeholders within the city. Many participants were “Fasilitator Lingkungan” or Environmental Facilitators of villages. In Surabaya, each village has 1 or 2 environmental facilitators who are tasked with facilitating environmental activities in their communities, particularly on solid waste management.
The contents of Day 1 and 2 were similar to the Waste Bank Workshop in Palembang (the other selected Model City in Indonesia), covering basic concepts, procedures, hardware requirements and simulation for establishing and operating a successful waste bank.
On Day 3, a lecture was delivered by Mr. Agus Hartono from Lembaga Studi dan Tata Mandiri (LESTARI) Yogyakarta, who is a renown Indonesian environmental activitist. In his presentation, Mr. Hartono gave highly practical examples of reduce, reuse and recycle in daily life and shared strategies for developing the curiosity and creativity of the citizens on sustainable waste management.
Next, Mr. Ir. Koderi from Public Works Agency and Land Use Planning, Municipality of Malang, East Java, gave a presentation on “innovation of biogas as a form of alternative energy source” Utilising video clips, he taught participants the technical, economical and safety aspects of biogas utilisation at the community level. He also showcased actual household biogas projects being implemented in Malang City, East Java.
The Public Cleansing Agency of Surabaya held a meeting with IGES and Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment to discuss the future plans for enhancing Surabaya’s waste banks to function as drop-off points for recyclables based on the Extended Producer Responsibility principle, as well as the integration of waste bank systems into the city’s overall solid waste management mechanism, which has already seen the implementation of a highly successful composting programme. IGES also conducted a site visit to the Bina Mandiri Waste Bank, which is the largest existing waste bank in the city.
To promote learning among waste bank operators and rapid replication of waste banks within the city, Surabaya City and Jawa Pos will organise city-wide waste bank competitions where the best waste bank will be rewarded with prize money of USD50,000 to scale up its operations.