Trash Talk : Mandung Tabanan Landfill Severely Overloaded

Tabanan's regional landfill "TPA Mandung" has been closed for 3 weeks and more open dumps are popping up.
Tabanan’s regional landfill “TPA Mandung” has been closed down for the last 3 weeks and more open dumps popping up all throughout Bali.
Tabanan’s regional landfill “TPA Mandung” has been closed for 3 weeks, since October 21 2022 and more open dumps are popping up. The trash has piled up. The land area of the Mandung Tabanan landfill cannot handle the volume of waste.


Landfill : What Happens When They Are Full ? 

Landfills are useful because they keep our unwanted waste – everything that cannot be recycled – in one place and dispose of the methane gas and excess fluid that comes from it safely. It even minimizes the smell. The fact that they are usually out of the way makes them less of a concern. There is only one problem: they aren’t infinite. Landfill space fills up fast. There won’t be a way to remake it.
More landfills also means more climate change. As food waste and other types of garbage decompose, they release methane and other greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to climate change.

Radical Change On Single Use Plastics

We need to all start to look at our daily consumption and look for ways to reduce our plastic usage individually. Our relationship with plastic needs rethinking. Plastics are versatile materials, but the way we use them is incredibly wasteful. We take oil and gas from the earth to make plastic products that are often designed to be used only once, and then we throw them away. This is what we call a linear take-make-waste model.
Plastic brings many benefits. At the same time, there are some problematic items on the market that need to be eliminated to achieve a circular economy, and sometimes, plastic packaging can be avoided altogether while maintaining utility.
While improving recycling is crucial, we cannot recycle our way out of the plastic issues we currently face. Wherever relevant, reuse business models should be explored as a preferred solution (or ‘inner loop’ in circular economy terms), reducing the need for single-use plastic packaging. Reuse models, which provide an economically attractive opportunity for at least 20% of plastic packaging, need to be implemented in practice and at scale.