To celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th 2018, a VIP Seminar was held at Alila Seminyak during which Micro Utility Partners (MUP) presented the integrated Sustainable Resource Recovery Facility (iSuRRF) – our Zero Waste solution currently implemented at Alila Hotels & Resorts properties in Bali. The seminar was followed by site visits to our iSuRRF processing facilities and organic produce gardens at Alila Seminyak and Alila Uluwatu. The seminar was part of the Waste to Wealth week-long initiative organized by the Australian Consulate-General to promote sustainable environmental practices in Bali and the West Nusa Tenggara province.
It was a great opportunity for MUP to discuss the solutions to protect Bali’s ecosystem, with an audience consisting of government representatives, tourism professionals and local NGOs. These solutions do not only protect Indonesia’s prime tourist destination, but also create new and higher value chains as waste is segregated and transformed into valuable materials. Organic waste constitutes a significant share of the waste at hotels and restaurants and through the process of probiotic fermentation, MUP converts it into valuable animal feed, and is one of the many steps of Waste Transformation undertaken within iSuRRF.
Dr Martin Anda of Murdoch University in Perth, has presented current waste management solutions as well as future plans in his native city in Western Australia, where the share of the waste that hits the landfill is progressively being reduced, while more and more is recycled. In sustainable waste management the “refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle” principle applies, waste is sorted at source and different types (paper, glass, metal, plastic, organic etc) are transported away for suitable treatment. Martin has also highlighted the importance of waste audits in order to focus on the right treatment types.
A number of local NGOs who help protect the oceans and rivers (Sayan Hidup!, LINI Aquaculture and Training center) and address the waste problem (Keep Bali Clean, Trash Hero) were also present at the event.
We would like to personally thank Dr. Helena Studdert and her team at the Australian Consul General in Bali, for their tireless promotion of innovative solutions to the pressing environmental problems facing Indonesia.