Indonesia – Household Waste Recovery


Yayasan Pemilahan


The beginnings of this project go back to a Rotary initiative in Bali to recycle waste with the aim to develop a technology to compost organic waste without harming the environment.

The project reduces about 200’000 tons of CO2 equivalents of greenhouse gases over ten years. Thereof, 67’000 tons are eligible for Carbon Credits under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM), because the organic waste is composted aerobically in a forced aeration process. Aerobic decomposition of organics produces only CO2 instead of the 21 times stronger greenhouse gas methane that would otherwise be generated under the anaerobic conditions in a landfill.
Every day, government waste trucks routinely deliver 50 tons of solid waste to the location of the former landfill in Temesi where the project facility is located. There the waste is separated in an outsourced operation. 5% is recyclable material, 10% is useless and is deposited in the landfill that now can be used ten times longer. The remaining 85% or 42.5 tons/day is organic material that is processed into about 15 tons/day of high quality compost in a 150 day process. The project is the first facility in Indonesia that produces true compost under aerobic conditions in a large scale forced aeration process.

Development Impact

Creation of 30 permanent positions and engaging 100 independent persons for piece-work
Significant positive impact on environment
Know-how transfer of environmental friendly recycling technology