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Marikina City, Philippines

In order to address a mounting MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) management problem, the City Waste Management Office (CWMO) of the local municipality of SM City Marikina utilized Asher as the backbone of their ongoing environmental programme to clean up the city’s wastes.

The main concern of Marikina’s waste concerns are the high running cost of waste collection and disposal, largely on manpower and transportation. They ingeniously addressed this by distributing plastic bags to residences and unemployed people to manage and collect trash from households and the streets. The municipal rewards every 30kg of trash brought to its EWA centre with voucher that can be exchanged for food and clothing at the local supermarkets. The collections happen on the first Friday and Saturday of the month, 8:00am – 2:00pm. This programme is integrated into the city’s larger environmental efforts, making it a huge success.

At the core of this is Asher, who processes all the wastes funnelled to it cost-efficiently before selling the ashes generated back to organic farmers on a daily basis. It is now one of the main revenue streams for the municipal.

The municipal has now successfully turned Marikina into one of the cleanest cities in Philippines and the same programme is currently being replicated to the other part of the country.

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Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta’s notoriously horrific traffic conditions are the bane of its many environmental programmes. This effectively crippled their MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) management – tonnes of wastes end up uncollected since compactors and garbage trucks could not operate. At the same time, all the wastes collected at the respective towns and cities’s dumpsites (bank sampah) could not be transported to their landfills. 

The Asher was seen as a viable solution, and eventually became a core component of Sunter Agung’s management of their dumpsites as the mountainous dumpsite that is an eye sore has been cleared up after the Asher has been deployed there. The ashes generated have also become welcomed to nearby organic farmers and private consumers as they have been made into organic fertilizers. 

This entire operations has been supported by the municipal council by launching satellite programmes via campaigns to encourage the Sunter Agung public to collect and send their trash to the Sunter Agung dumpsite.