In a great alignment between a company and an offsetting project, Kuoni, luxury travel company, is fully funding a compost programme in Ubud, Bali.

The Gianyar Waste Recovery carbon offset project on Bali composts organic waste that previously had to be dumped. In this way, methane emissions from the tip can be avoided and high-value compost is being produced.

Bali, the most important tourism destination in Indonesia, has a growing waste problem which is already having an impact on the tourism sector. In the so far untouched landscape, waste is being illegally disposed of in rivers and lakes, canals, and along the streets. The small amount of gathered waste from the project region Gianyar, in the southeast of the island, is disposed of on a tip in the vicinity of the village Temesi. The methane developing from such a tip is neither collected nor burned and therefore rises unhindered into the atmosphere.

In the face of the deterioration of the situation onsite, the Rotary Club of Bali Ubud decided to counteract this problem and planned and implemented a composting plant.

85% of waste in the region is from organic material, which can be composted. Another 5%, mainly plastics, can be recycled so that after the implementation of the project only 10% is dumped on the tip. Since aerobic composting does not cause methane emissions, a considerable reduction of GHGs can be achieved.

The local population also benefits, in that the air pollution from the tip is reduced, the waste volume is reduced by around 90%, and jobs are created.