Northeast Valley News

Indonesia’s trash banks help the people and the environment

Trash is collected and separated to deposit at the bank in Indonesia.

Trash is collected and separated to deposit at the bank in Indonesia.

Stefanus Rafael

Stefanus Rafael

Trash is collected and separated to deposit at the bank in Indonesia.

Puja Mahato, Reporter

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

A trash bank, contrary to the first impression that might come to mind, has nothing to do with one’s personal financial institution.

Still, a trash bank will allow individuals to grow a “savings” account and keep money for future references by recycling trash.

This concept is helping the poorest individuals in one country.

Indonesia’s trash bank on Jogjakarta, Bantul Indonesia is a good way to help the people who need it the most-earn credit and savings with their trash collection.

According to a Bloomberg report the trash collection system allows many (mostly women) a means to help support their families by storing credit from collecting trash for recycling.

Stefanus Rafael
Women keeping record of the trash deposited by people in Indonesia.

Trash banking has spread to Africa and Asia, and is at least one way to reduce the pressure on the landfill sites that are growing.

The concept of trash bank is very simple. Residents who are interested in the trash bank program collect recyclable trash including packages, paper and plastic bottles to the bank where the trash is weighed and then monetary value is assigned to the person.

Desfa Yusmaliana, a member of the Community College Initiative Program from Indonesia spoke to North East Valley News about the importance of trash banks in Indonesia.

“I believe trash bank program is a great source to conserve the environment because a small activity like this can bring big change to the environment,” Yusmaliana said.

A trash bank is like other banks where people can open an account but the deposits are trash collected which in return is given cash value with the ability to withdraw money when needed.

The commitment to buy the trash is made by the government that in turn buys it at a fixed price and then sells it to the merchants of waste that ship it off to the paper and plastic mills separately in different places.

Stefanus Rafael, who is known as the “plastic man” in Komodo Indonesia is an International Student participant at Scottsdale Community College. Rafael believes the positive impact of trash banking on the future with regard to the environment, cannot overstated.

“Trash Bank system has reduced the numbers of waste to the dumping area or to the sea. This way it is easy to change the mind set of people in terms of cleaning up the environment,” Rafael said.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

Northeast Valley News intends for the comments area to be used to foster thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, personal or racial attacks, sexual harassment, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator to ensure they meet these standards. We do not allow anonymous comments, and require a valid email address, which will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments. The 'Website' field is optional.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.


Navigate Right
Navigate Left
Reporting from the Northeast Valley, Phoenix, and surrounding communities. State, National and International coverage- from the campus of Scottsdale Community College.
Indonesia’s trash banks help the people and the environment