Tech For Ocean Plastic Prevention & Expanded - T.O.P.P.E.R

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Every year, eight million tons of plastic waste is discarded into the world’s oceans with the potential to enter the human food supply through fish products.


April 2019-April 2021

Since 2016, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Municipal Waste Recycling Program has awarded grants and technical assistance to promising organizations in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka working to reduce marine plastic pollution.

Tackling plastic waste pollution from source to sea has become the priority of the Government of Indonesia. “Aligned with the newly launched National Plan of Action for Marine Plastic Debris, the Government of Indonesia is committed to reducing marine plastic debris by 70 percent in 2025,” Said Dr. Adi. “Our fisheries, food security and tourism economy rely on a healthy ocean, which is why we set this ambitious target,” he added. 

The Government of Indonesia also put a national target of reducing waste generation by 30 percent and to manage the remaining 70 percent to achieve the target 100 percent waste management in 2025. “We have implemented the principles of 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) and circular economy in our waste management policy and strategy,” said Dr. Tahar. 


“While the challenge of ocean plastics is global, the solutions need to be local,” said Ambassador Donovan. Gringgo will seek to improve community participation and build reliable data systems of Denpasar’s waste ecosystem by establishing a crowdsourcing model and improving cooperation between community residents and the city’s solid waste management operators. Gringgo defines “crowdsourcing” as a form of open collaboration in which individuals and/or organizations participate voluntarily in collecting and analyzing data, interpreting the results of data, and solving problems. This approach will enable Gringgo to accelerate the collection of geospatial and solid waste ecosystem data and will facilitate the development of software tools and a targeted communication and education strategy. Technical inputs will be combined with community education and engagement to promote waste separation at source, improved recycling, and increased incomes for waste collectors.

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