Waste and what you can do

One of the reasons tourists visit Indonesia is the spectacular nature. Many visitors complain about waste in Indonesian environment. Organising waste management in Indonesia is a huge challenge. Indonesia has more than 17.000 islands and approximately 54.600 Km coastline. You can imagine how difficult it is to set up the logistics for a waste system. Other factors contributing to the waste problems are lack of drinkable tap water. Drinking water is distributed in plastic bottles. Another factor is the widespread use of single-use packaging. This packaging was developed to enable Indonesian to purchase products at low price. Even though Indonesian economy is growing, a large part of the population still has low income. In September 2013, the average wage for an Indonesian farmer was USD $3.58 per day. This increased to an average of USD $3.74 per day in March 2014. (source)