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Bali Comes Clean

Bali's Badung Regency Wins Presidential Award for Municipal Cleanliness.

(6/12/2007) Bali's most populace regency of Badung has won, for the fifth year running, the coveted Adipura Award for municipal cleanliness and environmental excellence.

The trophy, presented by President Yudhoyono to the Regent (Bupati) of Badung A.A. Gede Agung in Jakarta, arrived in Bali on Thursday, June 7, 2007 where it was escorted by a motorcade of well-wishers from Bali's airport to the nearby district (Camat) office in Kuta. Upon arrival at the Kuta District Office, the corps of the Badung Cleaning Brigade (Pasukan Sapu Jagat) gathered to hear Agung express his appreciation for their hard work and dedication which made the award possible.

Badung Regency has received the top award for cleanliness for five consecutive years dating from 2003. Agung told the celebratory crowd in Kuta, "this not the first time or the last time we will receive this award."

In the scoring for the cleanliness award Badung achieved a score of 74.9 points in the latest year, up slightly from the 72 points earned in 2006. Points are awarded for community participation in community cleanliness programs and active participation in recycling efforts.

The Adipura award was given this year to 82 recipients nation-wide with categories divided into metropolitan cities, large cities, medium-sized cities and towns. Badung, the administrative district encompassing Bali's capital of Denpasar and Nusa Dua, was honored for achievement within the large city category.