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Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s top F&B plastic polluters join forces toward circular economy

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 26, 2019   /  07:07 am
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Trash talk: Danone Aqua director for sustainable development Karyanto Wibowo (left), Danone Aqua president director Corine Tap (second left), Ocean Cleanup founder and CEO Boyan Slat (third left) and the Netherlands Ambassador to Indonesia Lambert Grijns converse during a visit to the Interceptor 001 plastic waste processing plant in Cengkareng, Muara Kapuk, North Jakarta, on Thursday.(JP/Donny Fernando)

Major food and beverage (F&B) companies named the country’s top plastic polluters are driving the transition to a circular economy, by boosting their recycling efforts to reduce plastic packaging waste at landfills in Indonesia, the world’s second largest marine polluter. Instant noodle producer PT Indofood Sukses Makmur and publicly listed food company PT Mayora Indah, as well as F&B multinationals Danone Indonesia and Coca-Cola Indonesia, are among the companies that have established programs for recycling and processing their plastic packaging into other products like pallets and building material. “We are also working with restaurants [and food stalls that sell] Indomie [instant noodle] to recycle their packaging waste,” Indofood corporate communications head Stefanus Indrayana said on Nov. 11 during a discussion on post-consumer packaging at the...