CareSumatra's dream for a litter free future






Join the fight against plastic waste and litter! Help local communities save Sumatra's rainforests by keeping them clean and healthy!

On World Clean Up Day 2021, CareSumatra is launching its waste collection project in and around Bukit Lawang in Sumatra, which neighbours one of the most biodiverse and threatened rainforests in the world, home to endangered Sumatran Orangutans, Tigers, Rhinos and Elephants.

World Clean up day is the world's largest one-day civic action to engage every country in the world in cleaning up their environments! By supporting this action, you'll help these forest fringe communities to preserve this biodiversity occurring in this fragile wildlife biolink, adjacent to the UNESCO Heritage Gunung Leuser National Park in North Sumatra.

Why we need Your Help

We are passionate about reducing waste polluting this beautiful and threatened ecosystem and we need your help! Without your support, the barriers to responsible waste disposal for the local people is simply too high!

There are currently no bins or rubbish collection services in this area, and while there are recycling projects and a trash bank, most of the rubbish is not currently being taken there. Many locals are still throwing their plastics on the ground or burning it as there are no alternatives.

CareSumatra's innovative program provides waste management services that are not currently available in the villages bordering this forest. This community-led program is very cost effective, making a huge difference with very little outlay.

What your donation will help achieve

1. Building bins around the villages using recycled tyres. Tyre-bins  are an easy solution that allows locals to dispose of their rubbish and also recycles old tyres which would otherwise end up as hazardous waste. Buying the tyres, painting the bins, putting them together and installing them through out the community only  costs 120.000 rupiah (approx  $12 AUD).

2. Employing local people to clear the bins weekly. Soft plastics will be upcycled  into new bags, baskets and mats by local women and plastic bottles will be made into eco bricks. 

Excess waste is taken to the trash bank, where the locals are paid a small fee based on weight of the trash. It costs $1million Rupiah a month to employ these people (approximately $100AUD). This is a very affordable way to provide waste services and much needed jobs for the locals.

3. Providing signage and small billboards to educate how to sort waste and promote the use of bins. The cost for the billboards is approximately 300.000 rupiah ($30 AUD).

Your donation will allow us to continue to support this waste management program. And the more funds we receive, the more we can do! We would love to take our waste management program to other forest fringe communities that currently have no way to manage their waste.

Lets make this World Clean Up Day a game changer for these forest fringe communities living near the Gunung Leuser National Park! Please donate generously!

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