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Bali Tourism tarnished due to the amount of garbage

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    Bali's exclusion from the list of the world's 10 most popular tourist destinations this year has led many to question the cause. Some accuse the COVID-19 pandemic with all its consequences, including restrictions on foreign arrivals, quarantine and visa rules, of being the triggering factor. However, not a few have pointed out that waste, especially plastic, is the problem. Really?

    an American tourist recently visited Bali. He was concerned about how dirty the streets in Denpasar, Bali. The 56-year-old man who likes to travel the world said Bali's popularity as a tourist destination could plummet if the waste problem is not handled properly. He mainly complained about plastic waste, which is not easy to decompose and damage the environment.Smith is just one of many foreign tourists who are concerned about Bali's garbage problem. A number of major media outlets – including The Guardian, CNN, and National Geographic – have recently highlighted how foreign tourists have complained about the garbage problem, and how Bali is struggling to cope. To the extent that not a few tourists who call Bali as “the Island of Trash”.

    The foreign media described, famous beaches in Bali such as Kuta, Seminyak and Legian, almost every day filled with garbage. Though the beach is the main attraction of Tourism.

    The Indonesian people, especially Bali, had previously been proud because the island had occupied the number one position in the world tourist destination in The Trip Advisor version of the Traveler's Choice Award list in 2021. This year, however, it was completely eliminated from the top 10 list. London, which was shifted to Bali in 2021, this year returned to the top position as in 2020.Gary Bencheghib, co-founder of Sungai Watch, a non-profit organization that aims to tackle the problem of waste, especially plastic, in Indonesia's Rivers, understands the concerns of foreign tourists. The man, who has been living in Bali for 18 years, said that, in fact, awareness of garbage among the people on the island is much better than in the years before the pandemic. It's just that, he said, the facilities and infrastructure for waste management are still inadequate.

    Bencheghib emphasized that the garbage found on many beaches in Bali is actually sent from rivers that drain into the sea, and not because of bad habits in throwing garbage among people who often visit the beach or use the beach as a source of livelihood. Therefore, according to him, it is important to overcome the habit of people throwing garbage in the river.

    Sungai Watch itself has been involved in tackling the garbage problem in Bali for more than a year. However, Bencheghib admitted that his organization's contribution is relatively small compared to the amount of waste produced by Bali every year.

    “A study conducted by the Bali Partnership in 2019 shows that there are more than 33,000 tons of plastic waste annually carried by rivers in Bali into the sea. We have so far collected almost 400 tons in about 15 months. That means only one percent of plastic waste is in Bali every year,” the organization involves local residents to collect netted garbage, sort it, and recycle plastic waste for more useful products. Involving the local community in keeping the river clean, said Bencheghib, is the best way to arouse their awareness.

    In addition to raising awareness of citizens to care about waste, Bencheghib emphasized that Bali, or Indonesia in general, needs to build a reliable waste management infrastructure, considering that Indonesia is one of the largest waste producers in the world.

    "Indonesia is the second largest producer of plastic waste in the world after China. Because so much waste is produced, we need adequate infrastructure to address this problem.” The problem of waste in Bali is also one of the focuses of attention of Melati Wisjen, an environmental activist who lives on the island. After successfully passing her initiative to reduce the use of plastic bags through the "Bye Bye Plastic Bags" program founded with her sister Isabel Wijsen in 2013, she held an annual program called “Bali Biggest Clean-Up" .

    The 6th " Bali Biggest Clean-Up”, which was held in February this year and as part of the waste Care Day commemoration, managed to collect 88,000 pieces of plastic in 130 locations and involved about 4,000 people, including domestic and foreign tourists. According to Melati, the participation of the Balinese themselves is unusually high.

    “About 90 percent of the people involved in this Clean-up program are Balinese. About the remaining 10 percent, tourists or foreigners who happened to be here. It is amazing to see the solidarity, strength and commitment of local people.”

    My hope as the people of bali in particular, the government and the community must reduce the use of plastic packaging, and culture does not throw sampang carelessly like some time ago at besakih Karangasem temple.

    In Balinese

    W nten makudang-kudang anak san mataken napi san ngawinang Bali n nten w nten ring daftar 10 destinasi wisata san kasub ring jagat ring warsa puniki. W nten san maosang pandemi COVID-19 miwah makasami konsekuensinyan , rumasuk pangwatesan rauh saking dura negara, karantina miwah aturan visa, pinaka faktor san ngawinang. Sak wanten, ak h san maosang indik sampah, utaminnyan plastik, san dados pikobet. Napi sane patut? Ida wantah turis Amerika san wau rauh ring Bali. Dan marasa sumangsaya indik ambun margi ring Denpasar, Bali. Anak lingsir 56 tiban san seneng malancaran ring sajebag jagat maosang, popularitas Bali pinaka destinasi wisata prasida runtuh y ning pikobet sampah n nten kamargiang becik. Ida utaminnyan ngelingin indik sampah plastik, san n nten gelis dekompos miwah ngrusak palemahan. Smith wantah silih sinunggil saking ak h wisatawan dura negara san prihatin indik sampah ring Bali. Makudang-kudang media utama, minakadi The Guardian, CNN, miwah National Geographic, sampun sering nyihnayang indik wisatawan dura negara san ngelingin indik sampah, miwah indik pikobet Bali sajeroning ngatasi sampah. Ak h wisatawan san maosang Bali pinaka Island of Trash .

    Media asing nyihnayang, pasisi san kasub ring Bali sakadi Kuta, Seminyak miwah Legian, nyansan nyabran rahina bek sampah. Nanging pasisi punika dados daya tarik utama pariwisata.

    Krama Indon sia, utaminnyan Bali, dumun rumasa bangga santukan niskala punika sampun dados genah wisata san pinih utama ring jagat ring daftar Traveler Choice Award versi Trip Advisor warsa 2021. Nanging, ring warsa puniki, ipun nenten malih ngranjing ring daftar top 10. London, san sampun kagingsirang olih Bali ring warsa 2021, warsa puniki mawali ka genah san pinih tegeh sakadi warsa 2020. Gary Bencheghib, pendiri Sungai Watch, organisasi nirlaba san matetujon ngatasi pikobet sampah, utaminnyan plastik, ring tukad-tukad Indon sia, uning ring pikobet para turis dura negara punika. Anak lanang san sampun 18 tiban meneng ring Bali puniki maosang indik kesadaran indik sampah ring masyarakat ring pulo punika sampun sayan nincap bandingang ring warsa sadurung pandemi. Sak wanten, dan maosang, sarana miwah prasarana san kaangg n ngicalang sampah kantun n nten jangkep.

    Bencheghib negesang, sampah sane kapanggihin ring makudang-kudang pasisi ring Bali sujatinnyane saking tukad sane membah ka segarane, nenten ja sangkaning kebiasaan sane kaon ring para janane sane sering malancaran ka pasisi utawi ngangge pasisi pinaka sumber pangupa jiwa. Punika mawinan, dan maosang, mabuat pisan mangda prasida ngicalang kabiasaan anake ngebuang sampah ring tukad.

    Tukad Watch sampun langkung saking awarsa nyarengin ngatasi pikobet sampah ring Bali. Nanging, Bencheghib ngaku, kontribusi organisasi ipun relatif alit pisan y ning bandingang sareng akeh sampah san kakaryanin Bali nyabran warsa.

    In Balinese: Seseleh sane kamargiang olih Bali Partnership duk warsa 2019 nyihnayang wenten lewih saking 33.000 ton sampah plastik nyabran warsa sane kaambil olih tukad Bali ka segarane. Kantos mangkin iraga sampun munduhang kirang langkung 400 ton sajeroning 15 sasih. Indik punika nyihnayang wantah asiki persen saking sampah plastik san w nten ring Bali nyabran warsa, organisasi punika ngeranjing krama lokal mangda prasida ngumpulang sampah san w nten ring jaring, ngurutang, miwah ngulanggurin sampah plastiknyan dados produk san pinih maguna. Ngawigunayang parajanane mangda tetep resik ring tukad, Bencheghib maosang, pinaka cara sane becik pisan anggen ngelingang ipun.

    Lianan ring nincapang kesadaran warga mangda peduli sareng sampah, Bencheghib negesang Bali, utawi Indonesia sacara umum, perlu ngwangun infrastruktur pengelolaan sampah sane terpercaya, santukan Indonesia inggih punika silih tunggil produsen sampah sane pinih ageng ring jagate.

    Indonesia inggih punika negara san ngawetuang sampah plastik pinih ageng kaping kalih ring gumin sasampun Cina. Santukan akeh pisan sampah sane kakaryanin, iraga merluang prasarana sane becik anggen ngatasi pikobet puniki. Pikobet sampah ring Bali taler dados pikobet saking Melati Wisjen, aktivis lingkungan san meneng ring pulo punika. Sasampun prasida ngamedalang idepnyane mangda prasida ngirangin penggunaan kantong plastik malarapan antuk program Bye Bye Plastic Bags sane kawangun sareng semetonne istri Isabel Wijsen duk warsa 2013, dane nglimbakang program taunan sane kawastanin Bali Biggest Clean-Up .

    Bali Biggest Clean-Up kaping 6, san kalaksanayang ring bulan P bruari warsa puniki miwah pinaka pahan saking rahina san kasengguh Hari Perlindungan Sampah, prasida ngumpulang 88.000 plastik ring 130 genah miwah ngeranjing kirang langkung 4.000 krama, rumasuk wisatawan domestik miwah dura negara. Manut Melati, partisipasi krama Bali punika tegeh pisan.

    Ak hnyan 90 pers n san nyarengin program Clean-Up puniki jadma Bali. Ak hnyan kirang langkung 10 wantah turis utawi jadma dura negara san w nten iriki. Indik solidaritas, kesabaran lan komitmen warga lokal puniki luar biasa.

    Pangajap-ajap titiang pinaka krama Bali, utaminnyane pemerintah lan masyarakat Iraga patut ngirangin pangangg n bungkus plastik, miwah iraga nenten dados ngicalang barang-barang sane nenten becik sakadi sane sampun kalaksanayang ring Pura Besakih.

    In Indonesian