Civil Society submitted the request to the Supreme Court for conducting a Judicial Review against th


Since 2014, along with the mounting proposals for handling municipal solid waste incinerators, some NGOs discuss the problems and the negative impacts of waste incinerations intensively. Several civil society organisations and concerned individuals engaged seriously and intensively in the informal group after at the Climate Convention COP 21 meeting in Paris, the President Jokowi stated that he will lax the investment requirement for the application of incineration and thermal technology to solve Indonesia's wastes.

Further, Presidential Decree No. 18/2016 on the Acceleration of waste to energy plants development in 7 cities launched in March 2016. Prior to the launching of the Decree, BaliFokus, together WALHI, ICEL, YPBB, Greenpeace Indonesia, KRuHA, Ecoton, and Gita Pertiwi has sought communication and provide recommendations to the Secretary of the Cabinet responsible for Maritime and Energy sector as well as the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, to encourage non-thermal technology and Zero Waste approach as an alternative to incineration technology and other thermal treatment.

Unfortunately, these efforts are not well received by the authorities and could not prevent nor changed the final text of the Presidential Decree No.18/2016 which recommends the use of thermal technology for burning wastes in 7 cities to produce energy. While receiving the final text of the Presidential Decree No.18 / 2016, BaliFokus and the group have identified several flaw points and conflicting articles with other Acts that have been published before.

To that end, a group calling itself "The National Coalition Against Waste Incineration", decided to submit a request for a Judicial Review towards the Presidential Decree No. 18 of 2016 to the Indonesian Supreme Court. The document have been registered formally to the Supreme Court of Indonesia on Monday, 18 July 2016.

Below are some steps of the process:

1. Organising individual and institutional applicants and established the Legal team in March 2016. There are 15 individual applicants from 5 cities and five institutions that signed the submission for the Judicial Review of the Presidential Decree 18/2016 to the Supreme Court. The Legal team comprising representatives of Lawyers from ICEL (Indonesian Centre for Environmental Law), LBH (Lembaga Bantuan Hukum) Bandung, and WALHI National Executive as well as the substances team and a team of experts.

2. Preparation of the timeline for submission of the request to the Supreme Court and organise resources. Checking, completion and preparation of submission of the documents conducted by the Legal team members assisted by some NGOs members at the office of WALHI National Executive on Friday, 15 July 2016.

3. Compile the documents and all the necessary supporting document required and registered by the Legal team on behalf of the National Coalition Against Waste Incineration to the Supreme Court on Monday, July 18, 2016.

4. After the file formally received by the Supreme Court, we are now waiting for the next process at the Supreme Court.

The struggle continues and our efforts should be supported by all parties to change our lifestyles and self-discipline.

We invite all communities to improve waste management practices in their respective residential areas, in the respective neighbourhood/village, and intensify the application of Zero Waste approach by : - Separating waste at source; - Minimise the waste generation - spending and shopping wisely; - Promote the recycling of the product; - Do not burn your trash; - Perform simple composting as much as possible at or near the source of waste (home, neighborhood) using Takakura method, vermicomposting, etc.

Zero Waste = Zero Warming

Zero Waste = energy saving

Zero Waste = saving resources

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