Marriott International in Indonesia Partners with Sungai Watch for Sustainable Alliance

Marriott International partners with Sungai Watch to tackle plastic pollution in Indonesia’s rivers. Through the installation of barriers and waste segregation facilities, the project aims to remove 100,000 kg of plastic waste from Singaraja’s rivers. This collaboration aligns with Marriott’s sustainability goals and commitment to creating a positive impact.

Hero Shot - Marriott Indonesia Business Council and Sungai Watch Team

Through Marriott Business Council (MBC) in Indonesia, Marriott International teamed up with Sungai Watch, an environmental organization dedicated to cleaning and restoring Indonesia’s rivers. 

Marriott International’s sustainable initiative aligns with the brand’s Serve360 commitment to creating a positive and sustainable impact – guided by Marriott’s 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

River Cleaning with Marriott Indonesia Business Council and Sungai Watch Team

Titus Rosier, Chairman of Marriott Business Council Indonesia and General Manager W Bali Seminyak, expressed the brand’s hopeful vision of creating a sustainable future for all, enabling job opportunities, and empowering the local community. 

Collaborating with Sungai Watch, the project aims to stop plastic from reaching the ocean and remove nearly 100,000 kg of plastic waste by installing 15 barriers in Singaraja’s rivers. Moreover, a waste segregation facility is also available so the area locals can easily bring their plastic waste for sorting and recycling. 

Setting up the barrier in the river in Singaraja

Sam Bencheghib, Co-Founder of Sungai Watch, voiced that 80% of plastic pollution in the ocean comes from rivers. With a simple goal in mind to protect and restore Indonesia’s rivers, Sungai Watch has been distributing more than 180 barriers since October 2020 – that has managed to collect around 1,150,000 kg of plastic. 

Sam Bencheghib of Sungai Watch (Left) and Titus Rosier of Marriott International (Right)

Funded through two initiatives – Road To Give 2022 Bali (participated by all Marriott Hotels in Bali and Lombok) and a $1 per stay donation from guests at Marriott Bonvoy properties in Indonesia – the key impacts of this collaboration include creating local jobs, raising community awareness about pollution, and preventing plastic waste in the ocean.

River Cleaning Activity

The partnership kicked off on 15th May 2023 and was attended by General Managers in Marriott Bonvoy’s hotels and resorts in Bali, followed by an inaugural trash barrier installation and trash collection session. A total of 239.88 kg of plastic waste was collected during the one-hour river clean-up.

Beyond the collaboration, Marriott International implemented a global initiative in 2019 to reduce the use of single-use plastics – replacing tiny, single-use toiletry bottles in guest room showers with larger pump-topped bottles. 

Now these are the types of collaborations we love to see!!

For more information about Marriott International and its sustainability program, please visit www.serve360.marriott.com

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