The Youth Conservation Initiative (YCI) collaborated with the community and youth in Bali to conduct a
large-scale clean-up at the Mangrove Recreation Kano Beach in Pemogan City, Denpasar. This activity is
part of the Bali Biggest Clean Up campaign which has been held for 7 consecutive years in February to
commemorate National Waste Care Day. Bali Biggest Clean Up aims to clean up the island in one day and
increase public awareness of plastic waste pollution and other waste that pollutes the land, beaches and
seas of Bali.
A total of 59 volunteers consisting of school students, nature lovers’ groups, and environmental
communities were involved in the waste clean-up in the mangrove area. Before the activity began, one of
the YCI members gave a brief presentation to the participants about the mangrove ecosystem and the
threat of plastic waste to the mangrove ecosystem. About 120 kg of waste was obtained from the
mangrove ecosystem which was taken using canoes. The waste was transported to land for sorting into
17 types/categories namely Plastic Bags, Plastic Straws, Styrofoam, Plastic Cups, Plastic Bottles, Plastic
Lids, Plastic Sachets, Glass Bottle, Metal Cans and Metal Lids, Tetrapak, Plastic Food Box, Sandals,
Cigarette Butts, Fishing Gear, Disposable diapers personal hygiene, face masks, and others.
The results of this action show that most waste is dominated by single-use plastic bags and sachet
packaging. Not only sorted, but plastic waste also that has a hard material such as plastic bottles and
bottle caps was taken by YCI to be processed at YCI’s Plastic Workshop into various items. Meanwhile,
other waste was handed over to EcoBali as one of the waste managements in Bali.
For three years, YCI has committed to protecting and preserving valuable ecosystems. On February 19,
2023, Ardine, the Chairperson of YCI, was invited to attend the Bali Youth Summit event organized by
Youthtopia and Bye Bye Plastic Bags at the Canggu Community School to deliver material on the youth
environmental care movement. In addition, YCI also received an award at the Bali Youth Summit. “We give
this award to YCI as an extraordinary great youth organization in contributing to the world of
environmental conservation. We hope this award can continue to inspire other youth to continue to take
conservation initiatives” said Melati Wijsen as a representative of Youthtopia.