Monday, 29 August 2022 - Michael S. Regan, The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from the United States met with the private sector, youth activists, and others at the Samtaku MRF to see firsthand how Reciki is working innovatively to address the challenges of waste management in Bali, Indonesia.
The visit was carried out before the G20 Environment and Climate Ministerial Meeting held in Bali on August 31, 2022.
The MRF is designed with a capacity of 120 tons per day to manage organic and inorganic waste. This facility is funded by Danone-Aqua which is investing in a waste treatment facility in Bali and is working with NGOs and other partners to educate the community and youth. Reciki is also committed to a circular economy to achieve the vision of Zero Waste to Landfill so that waste does not leak into the landfill.
“The purpose of this visit is to share the realities of waste collection,” said Bhima. “Operators need much greater support from local governments in enforcing regulations, sustained education within schools and homes around waste separation, and continued support from partner NGOs. The corporate sector also needs greater involvement – it cannot be left to just one or two companies. Waste management is everyone’s issue.”
The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency as well as several parties who visited the MRF held discussions and also entered the facility to see firsthand the waste processing process in the facility. In addition, there was a panel discussion with youth who discussed the perspective of young people regarding environmental issues.
Michael S. Regan explained that the US government encourages countries to build cooperation with the private sector and youth to solve environmental issues, especially waste.