Local garbage

The ob­ject­ives of the pro­ject are:

  • 42 schools with 4,200 children use only returnable cups and dishes.
  • The children learn how to reduce waste.
  • The children develop their own creative recycling ideas.
  • The children gain practical experience in separating different types of waste.
  • The children carry what they have learned into their families.
  • The schools of the Banda Islands become a role model for other schools in the Moluccas.


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Plastic garbage free schools on Banda Islands

With an es­tim­ated 0.5-1.3 mil­lion tonnes of plastic en­ter­ing the ocean every year, In­done­sia is the world's second largest pro­du­cer of mar­ine waste. As an is­land state, In­done­sia faces enorm­ous lo­gist­ical chal­lenges in the col­lec­tion, treat­ment and dis­posal of waste. Suc­cess­ful waste man­age­ment strategies come from the com­munit­ies them­selves, es­pe­cially if they are loc­ated on small and re­mote is­lands.

This is the case on the Banda Is­lands, a small group of is­lands in the middle of the Banda Sea. In 2012, a mu­ni­cipal waste man­age­ment sys­tem was set up there, which since then has in­cluded more and more vil­lages. Sup­por­ted by the Ger­man found­a­tion BandaSEA e.V., it has since been run by Magafira Ali, the Bandane­sian and former Eng­lish teacher and chair­man of the LuminoceanFound­a­tion.

Magafira be­lieves that only a change in life­style can per­man­ently re­duce the amount of plastic waste in the seas. The stu­dents of the Banda Is­lands are there­fore at the centre of this pro­ject, be­cause through school every single child of Banda can be reached, i.e. a com­plete gen­er­a­tion of fu­ture de­cision-makers. The chil­dren's know­ledge will also lead to be­ha­vi­oural changes in their fam­il­ies and hope­fully set an ex­ample for other com­munit­ies in In­done­sia.

The total cost of the pro­ject is 33,150 € for:

  • Introductory event at all schools (3 teachers per school): 1.050 €.
  • Training of "green mentors" € 2,350
  • Mugs, plates, bottles and water dispensers: 9.550 Euro
  • Printing of the teaching program for all schools: 300 €.
  • Teacher grants for one year: 16.800 €.
  • Invitation of other teachers from other communities to the end of the year: €3,100.

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For more information:

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Donation account:

Foerde Sparkasse

Lighthouse Foundation

IBAN DE36 2105  0170 1003 9417 52


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