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From Trash to Treasure: The Rise of Waste Banks in Indonesia

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Poor waste management not only endangers the environment and impacts human health, but it also wastes valuable resources that still could be utilized [1]. In Indonesia, attempts have been taken to reduce solid waste generation, including the emergence of waste banks.

Waste banks offer an accessible yet intuitive answer to the waste management issue by adopting inspiration from the regular banking system. People can open an account at a waste bank, just as they do in a regular bank. Instead of depositing money, they give their non-organic household waste. Waste collectors assess the waste's value and estimate its economic value. Individuals' savings grow as they continue to contribute, and they can be liquidated whenever they want to [2]. The environment and people's income both receive benefits in this win-win situation!

Source: Republika ​​[3]


How Waste Banks are Making a Difference

By establishing waste banks, Indonesia has made immense progress in reducing the generation of solid waste. Waste banks not only deal with the urgency of waste management, but they also change the way waste is perceived from a threat to a potential resource. These innovative enterprises have created beneficial effects that have reduced waste and provided widespread economic advantages, as can be seen in figure below.

Source: UNEP [2]


Steps to Get Involved in Your Local Waste Bank

Now, are you eager to start your sustainable practices journey? [4]:

  1. Gather your inorganic waste and sort it according to the sorting guide.

  2. Register as a Waste Bank member to the officer.

  3. Hand over your sorted waste to the waste bank officer, who will record the waste type and weigh it.

  4. Officers will put the waste into the Warehouse at the Waste Bank

  5. The officer will diligently record the weight data (in kg) and the corresponding savings (in Rupiah) in your personal savings book.

  6. Now, bring home your Savings Book including weighing results.

See more on how to participate in the waste bank on this video!


Waste Bank Near You!

To find the closest waste bank in your area, you can check here or through this link [5,6].

You can also consider engaging with private waste banks in your area!


Octopus is a platform that aids producers in gathering their post-consumer goods. Producers will be able to give incentives to verified Octopus stakeholders directly through this platform. Visit this site to see more!


Duitin is an initiative to make it simple to collect, sort, and handle recyclable waste. With the use of digital services, Duitin exists to address society's problems, starting from Family scope. Check out their website!


Kamibox is an enterprise that specializes in collecting and transporting recyclable waste, with focus especially on cardboard and paper waste. In DKI Jakarta and Greater Tangerang, Kamibox offers its services. Visit this site to see more!


Rekosistem is a climate-tech startup that provides recycling and waste management services to improve the waste value chain. Rekosistem will collect your household waste and assist in its responsible management. Visit this website to learn more!

We can make profit out of our waste and establish a sustainable future for Indonesia and beyond!









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