Two Bali villages win Zero Waste award from Home Ministry

Internal Affairs

Two villages in Denpasar city, Bali, have bagged the Zero Waste Village award from the Ministry of Home Affairs on account of their success in source-based waste processing.

The two villages are Sanur Kauh in South Denpasar sub-district and Kesiman Kertalangu in East Denpasar sub-district, head of protocol and communication for the Denpasar city government, I Dewa Gede Rai, informed on Wednesday.

“The awards have been bestowed to the two villages in Denpasar because they have been able to reduce waste, and conduct socialization to the public,” Rai said.

The two villages have raised awareness among the public on sorting organic and inorganic household waste before throwing it out, he highlighted.

Meanwhile, Director General of Village Governance at the Home Affairs Ministry Yusharto Huntoyungo who handed over the awards, said the ministry has played a role in supporting waste management in the regions.

According to Huntoyungo, the support aligns with the ministry’s duties and functions as a coordinator for local government’s activities in waste management.

He said the Home Affairs Ministry is also supporting the issuance of construction permits for Integrated Waste Treatment Plants (TPST), planning and budgeting coordination, waste management cooperation models, and regional financial management related to waste retribution.

Moreover, the new paradigm of waste management is being promoted through the tagline #GILAsSAMPAH to increase public awareness and participation, he added.

The “Sorted Waste is Money” activity is part of the ministry’s efforts to invite local governments and the community to care about environmental cleanliness and make the G20 Summit in Bali a success, Huntoyungo said.

Sanur Kauh village head, I Made Ada, and Kesiman Kertalangu village head, I Made Suena, said they were grateful for the awards.

“We will make these awards as a motivation to keep innovating to realizing a clean village, handling waste sustainably, and hopefully, supporting ecotourism,” they said.

Source: Antara News