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Arah Environmental

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Medical Waste

Arah Environmental has spearheaded the professionalisation of medical waste management in Indonesia at a crucial time when the country’s medical waste per capita is set to increase. As the number of private and state hospitals grows and their use becomes more common, this will see Indonesia’s medical waste per capita converge with regional counterparts. Currently, the medical waste ratio of Indonesia is 0.2 kg per day compared with 0.7 kg in Malaysia in 2011. This low ratio is partly due to the failure to separate medical waste from that of ordinary waste due to the reliance on the informal sector and scavengers, thus distorting the data. However, Indonesia’s changing regulatory environment has now placed an obligation on hospitals and healthcare industries to use licensed providers for correct waste handling which has propagated the demand for Arah Environmental’s services.

Arah’s specialised medical waste system has been developed by a team of experts for customer peace of mind through safe and hygienic handling. Such services are being widely used by health care providers including hospitals, state primary care providers or ‘Puskesmas’, clinics and laboratories with up to 5 MET of waste being handled every day. Arah’s comprehensive packages cover in depth training of staff members on how to correctly separate the waste into dedicated bins and safety boxes provided by the company. A survey is also conducted to assess customer’s needs and create a tailored schedule for collection and transportation. On collection, the waste is then weighed, the data is stored and clients are charged on a per kilogram basis or on a volume based fee. The signature E-Manifest Tracking also enables clients to access their own data and track the amount of medical waste they are producing on a monthly basis.

Once collected, the waste is transported using specialised trucks to a medical waste processing plant for sorting and incineration. The waste and incineration ashes are then transported to a dedicated landfill site providing a completely traceable record of handling from start to finish. In compliance with government regulations, Arah Environmental can also assist clients when needed in the submission of such records for compulsory periodic reporting and the obtaining of necessary permits from government bodies.

The medical waste division covers a full range of medical and veterinary waste types encompassing solid and liquid waste, pharmaceutical waste such as expired medicine, narcotics and cosmetics. All industry types and client sizes are all served by a team of trained professionals using the latest technology in the field for safe collection and to gather accurate data.

Medical Waste

Arah Environmental has spearheaded the professionalisation of medical waste management in Indonesia at a crucial time when the country’s medical waste per capita is set to increase. As the number >>>

Waste Management in Indonesia

Household Waste

Having established a proven reputation and capability within medical waste, the handling of household and hazardous waste made a logical addition to the company’s service portfolio. Household and hazardous waste makes up the majority of the waste produced in Indonesia and the volume is increasing rapidly in line with growing consumption and commercial activity. This area therefore presents an area of distinct commercial opportunity that Arah is keen to take advantage of further.

The household and hazardous waste division handle a multitude of waste types such as electronics, lighting, batteries, cartridges and hazardous B3 waste such as industrial chemicals. Each waste category requires specific handling techniques for their disposal to protect the environment. Arah’s specialised and professional services include on site lamp waste destruction using state of the art technology from Aircycle Inc. to safely and efficiently destroy lamps or bulbs to avoid mercury being released into the atmosphere. This same care and vigilant attention is given in the disposal of toxic chemicals such as corrosive cleaning products, pesticides, paints and battery acid.

As with Arah Environmental’s medical waste services, clients are provided with a transparent assessment and consultation on their waste management needs to create a suitable volume based payment plan. Through the E-Manifest Tracking system which stores all waste collection data, customers can also effectively manage and monitor the waste being produced. Obtaining the necessary permits from appropriate government bodies and the submission of periodic compliance reports for waste disposal can also be included as part of the service for clients that require it.

Arah’s household and hazardous waste management division is well positioned to serve Indonesia’s multiplying apartment complexes, hotels, offices, shopping centres in addition to public facilities such as airports and train stations. The scope of the service range also holds significant potential for further specialisation such as for the handling of feminine hygiene waste and nappy composting. Having established a client network throughout Indonesia, Arah Environmental is open to work with strategic partners in the aforementioned fields that can offer suitable methods and technology for the Indonesian market.

Household Waste

Having established a proven reputation and capability within medical waste, the handling of household and hazardous waste made a logical addition to the company’s service portfolio. Household and hazardous >>>

Waste Management in Indonesia

Training & Socialisation

Indonesia’s regulatory environment has been subject to significant changes to reflect the country’s need for formal waste management and disposal as a result of swift economic development. Recent legislation such as Law No. 32 of 2009 on Environmental Protection and Management and Law No. 44 of 2009 on Procedures for the Management of B3 Hazardous Waste are testament to such changes. However implementation and enforcement of legislation has remained weak as attitudes towards the need for sustainable waste management have been slow to adapt to the new regulations.

Arah Environmental is therefore committed to educating businesses and industry on their environmental obligations thereby encouraging the socialisation of proper waste disposal. The company has approached the issue through comprehensive training and awareness programs in an effort to change attitudes and behavioural habits. Beginning with hospitals and healthcare providers, Arah provides regular training for doctors, nurses and medical support staff on how to correctly identify and separate potentially harmful waste such as used syringes and needles. Bringing to the light the long term and far reaching dangers of failing to separate such items or selling to scavengers are an integral component of the training program.

Widespread socialisation throughout Indonesia to encourage individuals to take on responsibility for waste disposal remains Arah’s ongoing goal. The recent addition of a new team who hold extensive expertise in sociology are to be specifically focused on this issue and will make a significant impact on reaching this goal through effective awareness raising campaigns.

Training & Socialisation

Indonesia’s regulatory environment has been subject to significant changes to reflect the country’s need for formal waste management and disposal as a result of swift economic development. Recent legislation >>>

Waste Management in Indonesia

Waste Recycling

Arah Environmental is committed to providing sustainable waste management solutions for Indonesia and sees the recycling of waste as having a key role to play in the country’s future. In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, it is estimated that as much as 60% of all the waste produced daily could be recycled. Yet, only a marginal amount is being subject to recycling and this is being mainly undertaken by the informal sector and scavengers which is unregulated and unsafe.

Arah recognises that effective implementation of recycling initiatives begins with educating individuals and businesses on the benefits of the practice in addition to the provision of incentives to stimulate recycling activities. Responding to this need, the company has created a customer operating system that offers commercial incentives and a recently developed ‘reward store’ for the correct separation of recyclable waste. This has proven highly successful in the recycling of Styrofoam for which Arah established a dedicated Styrofoam recycling unit whereby the material is compacted and can then be used as alternative to wood in a range of light duty products such as picture frames.

Recycling of waste thus presents significant opportunities for Arah Environmental and potential partners for further exploration. Given the company’s existing customer base of high volume waste producing venues such as factories and apartment complexes, the recycling potential is endless for materials such as plastic, paper and rubber.

Waste Recycling

Arah Environmental is committed to providing sustainable waste management solutions for Indonesia and sees the recycling of waste as having a key role to play in the country’s future. In the Indonesian >>>

Waste Management in Indonesia