TURNING trash into cash is what the Republic of Indonesia is keen on teaching communities in the Western Division.
This, after its ambassador Chandra Salim held talks with Lautoka business houses yesterday.
Mr Salim said the new projects would involve students.
"We had presented an idea how to help solve plastic waste and how we can encourage schools and communities to collect plastic waste and then turn trash into cash," Mr Salim said.
"The trash will be used for handicraft such as purses, cases and laptop cases to be sold in hotels and business communities.
"We want to involve students because it is educational and the income could be diverted to the student bodies or school.
"We will also encourage the community to participate in cleaning the environment."
Mr Salim said a plan was in the pipeline to export products made from plastic waste.
"In Indonesia, the products produced from the trash are exported and some are sold mostly in hotels as there is a demand.
"My office will work together with the local community and student bodies on how we can make this program a success for next year. We will be drawing up the plans in few weeks' time with the actual work to start next year."
Lautoka Chamber of Commerce administrator Mohammed Salim said the involvement of their new business partner would augur well for the people of Lautoka and the economy of the Western Division.