Learning Waste Management From Holiday Destination Countries
Waste4Change's Responsible Waste Management (RWM) programme provides segregated waste collect and responsible recycling process for their clients' waste. Photos by Waste4Change/NOWJAKARTA

Who doesn’t love travelling? We get to enjoy new places, new food, new culture and learn about something new! How the destination country manages its waste is one of the things we can learn while we are traveling. Let’s see how Indonesian’s two most favourite holiday destination countries deal with their waste!


According to JavaMifi, 27.1 per cent of Indonesian chose Japan as their destination for a holiday. If you look closely, the streets of Japan are exceptionally clean. You may wonder, do these people not generate trash? They do, b ut they manage it well. In Japan, there is a value embedded in Japanese from an early age: when you use a particular space, it is your responsibility to ensure that you leave that space clean. This is why Japanese will take their waste with them if they don’t see any trash bin around.

Moreover, there is a recycling system in place. If you travel to Kyoto, you will notice there are three waste bins: combustibles, recyclables and plastic packaging. These categories will be collected on different days of the week, and will go to the city material recovery facility, to be sorted for recycling further while the combustibles go to incinerators. The value in people’s behaviour, combined with integrated recycling and waste management system, results in a clean and comfortable neighbourhood that we enjoy during our travel while also shaping each citizen’s sense of responsibility.

Learning Waste Management From Holiday Destination Countries
Through our Send Your Waste progam, you may send your inorganic waste (plastic, metal, paper, and glass) to Waste4Change

Europe (Netherland)

The second destination that 20.3 per cent Indonesians chose to go to is Europe. Let’s take a look at the Netherland as an example. The Netherland is more than just clean—they also have a well-managed recycling management. If you are going to Amsterdam, you may visit Centrum or Dam Square and notice how they have five types of waste bins: plastic packaging, paper and cardboard, textiles, glass and non-recyclable waste or residue. This way, citizens and tourists are expected to recover as much as possible before leaving the other waste as ‘residue’ or ‘non-recyclable’, thus minimising waste that goes to landfills or incinerators.

Learning Waste Management From Holiday Destination Countries
Waste4Change's composting bag for anyone who wishes to make their own compost at home

Want to Take Part in Improving Indonesia’s Waste Management?

Indonesia, meanwhile, is still struggling to improve its waste management. As much as 69 per cent of waste in Indonesia is managed in the landfill, and there are barely an integrated sorting and recycling system in place. If you want to start to take action to improve Indonesia’s waste management, we have the answer for you!

Waste4Change is a responsible waste management company that working on promoting recycling culture in Indonesia. Through their program Send Your Waste, you can recycle the waste from your home by sending it to Waste4Change’s partners. Those looking to process your organic waste into compost can also use Waste4Change’s composting bag. Meanwhile, those interested in seeing your residence or apartment complex become more environmentally friendly, Waste4Change provides the Responsible Waste Management program. The program offers implementation of sorted waste collection starting from the source, and report of your collected waste from upstream to downstream.

Start making changes with Waste4Change and let’s make better waste management for Indonesia!


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The article is produced by editorial team of NOW!Jakarta