Bekasi City, Indonesia

Women-led Models of Community-Driven Waste Management Solutions

As Sumur Batu Landfill approaches capacity, Bekasi City is under pressure to devise sustainable waste management solutions. The city government is aggressively advocating waste reduction at source and improved recycling efficiency, but projects will only succeed with community participation.

Under Ibu Mimin Karmini’s leadership, women homemakers have proved to be invaluable partners in operating a community waste bank in Wijaya Kusuma. This bank facilitates waste diversion and recycling efforts while providing jobs and additional household income. As the bank has grown, so too have community-led efforts to reduce GHG emissions associated with waste disposal, paving the path to a cleaner, healthier environment.