Minister Uno lauds Bali Waste Cycle for easing environmental burden

A quality tourism does not only focus on improving income, but also on reducing environmental burden

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has lauded Bali Waste Cycle (BWC), a waste management company, for helping ease environmental burden and supporting the implementation of tourism and creative economy development strategy based on environmental sustainability.

“A quality tourism does not only focus on improving income, but also on reducing environmental burden,” Uno, who visited the BWC Office in Denpasar, Bali Province, on Saturday, said in a statement on Sunday. BWC, which was established in 2019, is expected to help the government achieve its targets of reducing the amount of plastic waste by 30 percent as well as managing waste by 70 percent by 2025.

Furthermore, the minister also lauded the BWC for creating job opportunities for local residents in Denpasar City and its surroundings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

BWC also provides education and training to the community, and to coordinators of waste banks, reuse, reduce, and recycle waste management facility (TPS3R), and local waste processing facilities (TOSS) in various villages in Bali Province. “Hopefully, it will continue to grow and help improve the community’s economy in accordance with the Tri Hita Karana concept,” he added.

He said that BWC’s works are in line with the application of Tri Hita Karana, a concept in Hinduism that emphasizes a caring, peaceful, and tolerant lifestyle by implementing its three main sub-concepts – Parhyangan, Pawongan, and Palemahan.

Parhyangan reflects humans’ relationship with God (belief or personal value aspect), while Pawongan means the implementation of people relationship with each other (social aspect). Palemahan is defined as the relationship between humans and the nature (artifact aspect). “We can also use the Tri Hita Karana concept as a guide to transform the (Bali’s) economy which is now heavily dependent on the tourism sector to be more diversified, for instance through the implementation of green economy,” he said.

Based on data of the Statistics Indonesia (BPS), 86.9 percent of people in Bali Province practice Hinduism.

Source: ANTARA News