Ambon plastic-free project

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Ambon is an island in eastern Indonesia belonging to the province of Maluku. The city of Ambon is located on the west of the island. In recent years, the city became more popular, due to the availability of work. Thus, the island grew from 233,000 inhabitants in 2005, to 355,500 inhabitants in 2017 (World population review, 2017). Not only did the population grow, but the amount of waste grew at the same rate. The pressure on the city is noticeable on different levels, such as the waste system. The current approach is to collect only part of the waste and store the collected waste in a landfill. Only, this approach cannot handle the amount of waste that is currently being produced. Waste, which is not collected, is dumped in illegal places, burned on private property, or ends up in rivers. During rainfall, the waste in the rivers is flushed into Ambon Bay. 30% is non-organic waste, containing plastics and other harmful materials.
Our project involves placing Litter Traps in Ambon Bay, having locals separate and sort the plastic waste from the rivers and Ambon Bay, and locally circularly processing the captured plastic waste into products that help solve local problems such as poor housing. We propose to start at 3 locations in Ambon Bay and depending on the supply of plastic waste, gradually increase the number of Litter Traps. The City of Ambon has already signed a Letter of Intent for 5 Litter Traps in 2020 and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs is interested in recycled plastic Litter Traps being implemented in different locations in Indonesia.
In Indonesia, since 2017, together with the city of Ambon, the University of Pattimura, LIPI Deep-Sea Research Center (now BRIN National Research and Innovation Agency), and students from four Dutch universities, we have gained experience with a "temporary" Litter Trap model, fabricated with locally available materials. This has allowed us to monitor waste streams, research the best collection locations and develop better Litter Traps made from recycled plastic.
With a contribution from the AFAS Foundation, we want to take the next step. With the improved recycled plastic Litter Traps and the commitment of local parties, we want to lay the foundation for a self-sustaining business model in the next 2 years (with an even longer approach in mind):
with the contribution of the AFAS Foundation, we want to kick-start the project by installing 3 improved Litter Traps, conducting research into the quality of the captured plastic, and setting up a local waste management system aimed at processing the plastic waste into products that contribute to better living conditions. We also want to set up an education program to increase awareness and reduce pollution. In the last 3 months of the project, we will spend on a plan for a Plastic-free Ambon, with a targeted roadmap to translate the approach of the city of Ambon to the further rollout to the other Indonesian islands.  

Project Manager Francesca Alberti is now based on Ambon Island, working closely with the local parties involved and developing a better understanding of the plastic pollution situation on the island. Being on Ambon in person, allow her, on behalf of CLEAR RIVERS, to carry out the activities, achieve the goals and expectations we have been planning for in the last years, and, in general, speed up the process towards a first (three) Litter Traps implementations in the bay and a plastic-free Ambon. 

You can follow her activities, meetings, and location surveys on the map below, as well as on CLEAR RIVERS' social media. 




24th April 2022

First week on Ambon Island

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Comfort X Design

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Transport In Style

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