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waste community accelerator

The Waste Community Accelerator is an accelerator program that focuses on building the capacity of businesses and small and medium-sized organizations related to handling plastic waste and  recycling / upcycling innovations based in Surabaya and surrounding cities (Sidoarjo, Gresik, Pasuruan, Mojokerto, Ponorogo, Malang). Additionally, the program emphasizes the development of stronger connections among participants in order to strengthen local plastic feedstock value chains. Participants attend a series of workshops and receive intensive consulting from experts to improve the management and capacity of their organizations. Additionally, each participant receives one-on-one mentoring support from the OPPA team.

Eight organisations were part of the first cohort that started in November 2019 and ended in August 2020. The second cohort will run from December 2020 to June 2021. After completing the program, participants receive continued support through OPPA's Waste Systems Change Community group. The purpose of this group is to further strengthen the capacity and connections among a growing number of accelerator alumni which can eventually result into an improved model of the Greater Surabaya waste management ecosystem.

You can learn more about the second cohort curriculum in the program brochure. Information about the cohort 1 participants, as well as a cohort-end report are available below. For more information about the experts and workshop trainers contributing to the Waste Community Accelerator, please consult our  About section.




COHORT 1 (2019 - 2020)

Bank Sampah Induk Surabaya

The Central Waste Bank operates as a hub for waste banks. It buys waste from smaller waste banks at fixed prices, and sells waste feedstock to large aggregators or recycling operations.

“We received a variety of important tools to improve our organizations, especially for Branding & Fundraising.”


COHORT 2 (2020 - 2021)


Geledek offers waste management services and is currently building an online platform to drastically expand its number of customers. They are actively engaging informal waste workers and aim to provide a better livelihood for the workers.

“Since joining the accelerator program, we have been able to improve the quality of our business management system. We also implemented the learnings from the workshops and private consultations, especially related to accounting or financial reports and marketing strategies. We also increased our business networks and knowledge related to waste”

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