May 2, 2023
Trash barriers in Bali rivers
One Ocean Foundation activates an international project to prevent plastic waste from entering the ocean

One Ocean Foundation, in collaboration with Sungai Watch, has installed a barrier that collects plastic waste from one of Bali’s rivers last March. The barrier has been a complete success, collecting 568 kg in just one month.

One Ocean Foundation has decided to partner up with Sungai Watch because it is a data-driven cleanup organization with the mission of protecting waterways starting in Indonesia. The company designs and deploys localized trash barriers to stop plastic pollution from entering the ocean, whilst empowering communities to take action in radically shifting how we perceive rivers by hosting mass education and socialization campaigns with the local community to prevent throw-away behavior.

The team at Sungai Watch not only cleans and maintains the barriers but also is responsible for the assortment of trash into different categories for data collection, upcycling, or recycling purposes.

Trash barriers are the quickest and most cost effective way to eradicate plastic pollution by activating communities on land. Rivers are the perfect connection point between life on land and our ocean.

How is the waste managed?

Step 1: the trash collected is sorted and every piece of trash is sorted into 30+ different categories

Step 2: Analyze and record data

Step 3: Wash, shred and prepare trash for up-cycling

Step 4: The most valuable plastics are sent to our aggregator partners for recycling and we are experimenting with non-valuable plastics in our research lab to produce high quality plastic sheets made from plastic bags and plastic cups.

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