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Blitar man resolves plastic waste problem in one district, but what about the country?

  • Aman Rochman

    The Jakarta Post

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Blitar, East Java   /   Fri, July 12, 2019   /  12:25 pm
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Muryani, a resident of Wlingi district in Blitar, East Java, designs a small-scale device to recycle used plastic. (JP/Aman Rochman)

Amid rising concern about a surge of trash imports into the country, a resident of Blitar city, East Java, has built a small-scale pyrolysis device to recycle plastic waste. Muryani, 60, a resident of Wlingi district who only attended formal education up to elementary school, has made a living for the past decade by collecting waste in the area and processing it into fuel, along with six other garbage pickers. “I recycle plastic waste into fuel using the device I designed in 2009,” Muryani said at the Wlingi waste landfill and processing site (TPST Wlingi). Thanks to the device, he said, he could reduce the volume of plastic waste in the district. Out of some 400 kilograms of waste produced in a day, he claimed that about half was recycled on the site. “The difficulty in recycling is separating the waste,” he said. Indonesia, alo...