Recycling on The Beach. Bali Indonesia 43

To the Beach!

So today I went to the beach. That would be a normal thing, except today I was invited. I was asked to be there around 5:30 PM. I was invited by a local person in the community to witness the collection of firewood and wood for recycling.

This was interesting to me because I always wondered what happened to all the wood that washed up on the beach. We had a very large storm a few days ago and the beach was absolutely littered with wood.

Collection and Sales.

Logs and branches have washed up on the beach where they will be collected and recycled. Shipped off to a place called Gianyar in Bali. Here the wood is recycled into furniture, decorations, restaurants, as well as small carvings. What was interesting about the experience was that the community gets together and collects the wood. What was even more interesting was that they collect and sell by weight. The recycling program benefits the community and individuals. 

Every family has its own piles of wood. These piles are left on the beach and anybody can take them but there’s no worry about stealing or cheating. The beach is cleaned by the locals. It’s their beach, not the government.

A Family Event.

Families gather and involve the kids in the clean-up and recycling. Sorted, roughly by size, and of course, the bigger the pieces are worth more.

Having been to many beaches I have seen this collection of wood with tractors and individuals. However, I have never witnessed a public beach cleaned up by community members. The interesting thing was that this community gathering brings families together. Along with the kids and neighbors, they all participate in this massive clean-up of washed-up deadwood debris. The rivers carry them downstream into the ocean, and the ocean then pushes them back onto the beach. The beach tends to look dirty, and the clean-up never stops, the community always has a place to gather. 


Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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