Waste4Change Together with Bank DBS Indonesia Realizes Trash-Free Indonesia | Bahasa

Indonesia.01 Feb 2019

The First Social Entrepreneur to Apply DBS Foundation’s ‘Zero Waste to Landfill' Method

Indonesia, 01 Feb 2019 - Waste management has continued to pose a serious challenge that needs special attention in Indonesia. A report submitted by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) revealed that 100,000 tons to 400,000 tons of plastic waste enter Indonesia’s ocean waters per year. At that rate, by 2050 the amount of plastic waste will exceed the number of marine biotas. Jakarta alone produces 7,200 tons of waste per day.

Alarmed with the state of waste in Jakarta, Bijaksana Junerosano, better known as Sano, felt compelled to bring about change. Sano then established Waste4Change, a waste management service company that not only provides garbage transportation and sorting services but also strategic services to companies in Indonesia.

"We established Waste4Change as a solution in the form of a responsible waste management service company. The number '4' in the name Waste4Change denotes four areas, namely: Consult, provides consultations based on in-depth research and training on responsible waste management; Campaign, provides education to companies, residences, schools and communities about the importance of responsible waste management; Collect, collects waste from residential or commercial areas to be brought to the Waste4Change office to be sorted; Create, collaborates with trusted partners to convert waste into recycled materials," said Sano, founder of Waste4Change.

Waste4Change’s mission is to realize a trash-free Indonesia and to collaborate with Bank DBS Indonesia to achieve the goal. Waste4Change started the business by participating in DBS Foundation’s programs, such as business workshops, social entrepreneurship assistance and business coaching. In 2018, Waste4Change collaborated with Bank DBS Indonesia as a waste management vendor. Established in 2014, the company provides waste management services to several clients, including the Vida Bekasi housing complex. Waste4Change does not only provide waste management services but also educates residents of the housing complex about waste management. Currently, more than 1,700 homes and large companies partners with Waste4Change.

"We want to create a waste-free Indonesia. To realize this mission, we cannot work alone. Therefore, we collaborate with a company that has the same mission, namely Bank DBS Indonesia, through a variety of activities including to provide education for school children. Recently, we held a 3R School Adoption education program in Bekasi to provide knowledge and to develop the right mindset about waste from an early age," said Sano.

A distinctive feature of Waste4Change is the use of the “Zero Waste to Landfill” method. Using the method, Waste4Change sorts waste at the source and processes the waste without sending it to the Final Disposal Site (TPA), and comprehensive reporting of waste transportation. Sano added, "This year we will cooperate with the Jakarta Provincial Government for overall waste management in Jakarta. This is a good step to creating a waste-free Indonesia."

In a video uploaded by Bank DBS Indonesia on the official DBS Indonesia YouTube channel, Sano shares inspiring insights into Waste4Change’s waste management system. Watch the video here.


About DBS

DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia with a presence in 18 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is in the three key Asian axes of growth: Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The bank's "AA-" and "Aa1" credit ratings are among the highest in the world.

Recognised for its global leadership, DBS has been named “Global Bank of the Year” by The Banker and “Best Bank in the World” by Global Finance. The bank is at the forefront of leveraging digital technology to shape the future of banking, having been named “World’s Best Digital Bank” by Euromoney. In addition, DBS has been accorded the “Safest Bank in Asia” award by Global Finance for ten consecutive years from 2009 to 2018.

DBS provides a full range of services in consumer, SME and corporate banking. As a bank born and bred in Asia, DBS understands the intricacies of doing business in the region’s most dynamic markets. DBS is committed to building lasting relationships with customers, and positively impacting communities through supporting social enterprises, as it banks the Asian way. It has also established a SGD 50 million foundation to strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts in Singapore and across Asia.

With its extensive network of operations in Asia and emphasis on engaging and empowering its staff, DBS presents exciting career opportunities. The bank acknowledges the passion, commitment and can-do spirit in all of our 26,000 staff, representing over 40 nationalities. For more information, please visit www.dbs.com.