Publish at 2019-10-22


The "Bali Big Eco Forum" was held in Nusa Dua last weekend organized by Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia (MVB Indonesia member) and after two speaker sessions featuring prominent representatives of the main ministries involved in the management of waste ( The Home Affairs Ministry , Bappenas , Public Works and the Ministry of the Environment ) plus other experts from NGO’s and the private sector , a range of recommendations were generated regarding waste management alternatives in Indonesia.

Plastic has been a subject that we speak about and manipulate every day since our regular lives include plastic. As versatile as it might be, we have been disposing from it irresponsibly. World Bank data shows that plastic waste generated per year is likely to increase from 1.3 billion tons to 2.2 billion tons in 2025 if it is not managed properly.

The aim of this forum was to create an extensive and sustainable waste management program that can be implemented across the archipelago. This brought together several parties, including the government , academics, non-governmental organizations, related communities and industry, to provide government recommendations on domestic waste management with the theme "Sustainability for Wonderful Indonesia."

MVB Indonesia was represented in this forum by MVB Chairman, Mr. Alistair Speirs. His propositions started from the core of every dilemma around the world: education, from the very beginning, in our households to parents and schools, changes and improvement in production of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) or Consumer Packaged Goods , reducing food waste (homes, restaurants, cafes, hotels, bars, stalls, etc).

‘Waste reduction is easy, only 15% of all “waste” is waste, said Alistair in his presentation. “There must be a change in consumers selection of products, education and application of waste segregation for everyone. We must enforce and legislate waste management and get more efficient governmental strategies for waste collection (private and public).”

One of MVB’s projects targeting these issues is our ‘Say YES to LESS’ program in which we connect all our hospitality members to improve every single stage in their contribution to maintain and serve a less wasteful menu, and to dispose of food waste effectively and efficiently. This is possible thanks to our indispensable partners in recycling and waste management. 

This movement aims to cultivate clean and healthy behaviour and create the same perception in waste management. The goal is that in order to make an impact of significance, we must change to the mindset of a united community.

All the recommendations made at the forum, which was ably moderated by Presidential Senior Advisor, Dr Imam B.Prasodjo, M.A. , will be submitted to the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs which is also the initiator of the National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP). 

Chairman of NPAP, Ibu Mari Elka Pangestu, said the event "Bali Big Eco Forum" is in line with NPAP's mission to reduce plastic waste in the Indonesian ocean that targets reducing 70% of plastic waste in the sea, reducing solid waste by 30% and managing 70% of solid waste in 2025.

Indonesia's ambitious mission to reduce plastic waste, especially in the oceans, is driven by the fact that Indonesia is the second largest contributor to plastic waste in the world after China.

In the words of Amatil Indonesia’s Director of Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability, Lucia Karina said ‘The first recommendation is that there needs to be real action in terms of waste management in Indonesia. This action can’t be done alone by one stakeholder, must be all of us’.