Adding another dimension to the eco-savers project in Tarakan

Adding another dimension to the eco-savers project in Tarakan


As the Indonesian pilot city Tarakan is progressing with its implementation of the eco-savers project, the approach to recycling becomes increasingly inventive.

The project is up and running and school children in the town are already eagerly collecting recyclable waste and exchanging it for so called TALING points - a virtual currency that can be used to buy school materials and other goods from designated mobile shops. The waste, which is gathered by the children, is mainly going to junk shops for recycling and reselling.The money that is earned by the schools from selling the waste to the junk shops is then used for the goods that can be 'bought' by the students in exchange for the TALING points they collected. This scheme is already set up and working.

However, the project team came up with another idea of what could be done with the recyclable garbage in an attempt to adapt a more holistic approach and broaden the impact of the project. Why not explore with local people how to create something out of the recycled waste instead of leaving this to the junk shop? In this way, the community would benefit not just by having found an environmentally friendly solution to a solid waste problem, but also through the support for small local enterprise. Following the example of Marikina (Philippines), the best practice on which Tarakan’s project is based and Chiang Rai (Thailand), another DELGOSEA pilot city, where this approach has already been successfully implemented, Tarakan is now training a women’s group on how to make handicrafts from the recycled waste.

The picture shows one of the trainings that has been conducted on 10 April.

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