The Woman behind the Success of Gitgit’s Environtmental Conservation
Concerned about pilled of plastic wastes littered the tourist area of water falls in Gitgit Village, Sukasada district, Buleleng regency, which is also her hometown, pushed the desire of Ni Made Widianingsih to begin waste management movement, due to the presence of the plastic wastes that littered disturbed the beauty of the nature, and could reducing tourists' interest. Her spirit became flared after hearing the socialization of Waste Bank program of Maha Bhoga Marga Foundation (MBM) in Gitgit Village office, because there were foundation that were ready to assist as her thought.
At the beginning, this waste bank group consisted of only four people and continue to grow up to 40 people by the end of December 2016. In the spirit of the importance of preserving the environment, they routinely performed activities of waste sorting by type.
The impact is already being felt from this activity which already the plastic wastes no longer to be found scattered around the waterfall tourist attraction and also around the neighborhood. Another impact of the activities of the bank are they could add an average income of IDR 40.000 per month. This value is small but they feel quite proud to have played a part in reducing plastic waste pollution in Gitgit that they are loved.
At the end of the conversation, this woman that have inspired others have said "Let us continue the spirit of waste management in the family, groups, and communities around us so that our communities understand the importance of preserving the environment to be free from plastic waste."