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Yogyakartan pioneers local plastic waste upcycling movement

  • Bambang Muryanto

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 12 2019   /  03:26 am
Upcycling: Boy Candra drags a PVC pipe out of a vacuum machine to be fed into a cutter. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)(JP/Bambang Muryanto)

Upcycling: Boy Candra drags a PVC pipe out of a vacuum machine to be fed into a cutter. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)Boy Candra was helping his colleague pull a PVC pipe out of a vacuum cooler when the secondhand machine hit a snag on an afternoon at the end of January. β€œIt happens often,” he said lightly.Fifty-three-year-old Boy is an entrepreneur whose business is centered on plastic waste. He has a PVC pipe factory, which uses old and used pipe waste as material, in Bantul, Yogyakarta.β€œI buy the material from 10 plastic waste collectors,” Boy said.After sorting, the plastic waste is ground and then milled into powder for the production of PVC pipes.Boy said his business served as a minor contribution to the problem of plastic waste that is hard to break down and mostly ends up in the ocean, killing marine life who ingest or become entangled in it.Claire Le Guern in an article tit...