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Thursday, May 18 • 12:30 - 13:15
SESAMA – Mobile application to turn trash into cash LIMITED

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Trash in the big cities has always been a problem and needs serious handling. Jakarta City every day produces 7000 tons of waste and only about 5200 tons can be transported to the final disposal (TPA) Bantar Gebang by 720 garbage trucks (Jakarta Sanitary Agency). Of the total trash, 47% is industrial waste and 53% of household waste with a composition of 67% of organic waste; 32.8% inorganic and plastic waste; and 0.2% other debris.

The Government has initiated the Waste Bank model since 2008 which then also implemented by NGOs and private sectors in community. Waste Bank is a temporary recycling centre managed by community that allows community to deposit their waste and receive benefits such as credits, payment of house utilities, savings and food supplies in return of waste deposited. WVI has developed two waste banks in North Jakarta which capable of managing about 5 tons of inorganic waste monthly per waste bank. Up to 2016, Jakarta has had 325 waste banks which have been growing rapidly since 2008, with a total of 16.608 customers.

In order to support urban waste management, WVI has developed android applications called SESAMA to connect residents with nearby waste bank and help the waste bank managing its administrative works. This application allows residents ordering picking up, tracking their waste amount and checking their money deposit in real time. On the other hand, the waste bank will be able to monitor the waste deposit amount, money deposit, customer’s data and trends of their transaction timely and regularly.

The beneficiaries of this innovation are urban communities who are interested to receive benefit from their waste, the Waste Bank itself in which waste are deposited and managed; recycling-business who would have supply chain, local authorities and related waste management agencies in monitoring waste in the city. Additionally, the application also allows users to learn practical ideas on managing waste at home.

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Mita Julinartati Sirait

WASH Specialist, Wahana Visi Indonesia
Mita Sirait is WASH Specialist at Wahana Visi Indonesia. She graduated from Gadjah Mada University on Geography, and studied Solid Waste Management at UNESCO-IHE in the Netherlands. She has worked on environmental and development issues in the last 10 years. She published some books... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 12:30 - 13:15 IST