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Companies awarded for contribution to plastic waste reduction, recycling

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, June 9, 2020  /  04:11 pm
Companies awarded for contribution to plastic waste reduction, recycling

The Environment and Forestry Ministry has acknowledged the efforts of four companies in reducing the amount of plastic they use and produce in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the country. (Shutterstock/File)

The Environment and Forestry Ministry has acknowledged the efforts four companies to reduce the amount of plastic they use and produce in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the country.

Drinking water company PT Tirta Investama, which manufactures bottled mineral water Aqua, was given an award by the ministry for its initiative to reduce the production of plastic for its products.

The company was credited for its initiative to increase recollection of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles used for its products, from 2,020 tons in 2017 to 12,000 tons in 2019. The ministry also acknowledged the company’s effort to increase the recyclable materials content of its plastic bottles from 15 percent in 2017 to 100 percent last year.

The second award was given to three franchise food companies acknowledged for reducing the use of plastics: CV. Sarirasa Nusantara which holds the brand license of Sate Khas Senayan, PT Rekso National Food of McDonald's Indonesia and PT Fast Food Indonesia of KFC Indonesia.

The Environment and Forestry Ministry recorded their achievements in reducing plastic waste by 32.83 tons, 470 tons and 48 tons, respectively, in 2019.

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar holds up a placard given to companies that have shown progress in reducing the amount of plastic they use and produce during a virtual awarding ceremony in Jakarta on Tuesday.Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar holds up a placard given to companies that have shown progress in reducing the amount of plastic they use and produce during a virtual awarding ceremony in Jakarta on Tuesday. (Courtesy of /KLHK)

“These awards are based on [the ministry’s] monitoring and evaluation of the companies’ waste reduction programs,” the ministry's waste management director general Rosa Vivien Ratnawati said during the virtual awards ceremony on Tuesday.

The awards were given symbolically by Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar via Zoom teleconferencing app, while each placard was sent to each company via mail.

“We have seen these businesses taking proactive and tangible measures to reduce plastic waste from their side of production,” the minister said.

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n the same day, the ministry also introduced a 2019 ministerial regulation that stipulates a road map for companies to reduce their plastic waste.

Danone Aqua president director Corine Tap said she appreciated the ministry for the award, saying the company was one of the earlier pioneers in corporate sustainable practices since 1983.

Sarirasa Nusantara head of industrial relations of general affairs Charles Phillipus Siregar said the award would encourage the company to innovate more in reducing its waste, especially plastic waste.

Meanwhile, Rekso Nasional Food supply chain and quality assurance director Bintang Aritonang said reducing plastic packaging was one of the most important components in the company’s sustainability program.

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