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Jakarta Post

Collaboration makes recycling possible

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, West Java   /   Mon, February 10, 2020   /  09:55 am
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Waste not, want not: Workers sort and clean discarded plastic bottles in Roy Pet Collection Center in Leuwigajah, Bandung, West Java.(JP/Riza Roidila Mufti )

More and more food and beverage companies in Indonesia are pursuing recycling initiatives with the goal of reducing the amount of plastic waste produced from their products. Indonesia produces around 64 million tons of waste annually, according Environment and Forestry Ministry data from February last year. Of the total amount, about 15 percent is plastic waste, much of which is food and beverage packaging and plastic bags. In December last year, The Jakarta Post had the chance to see how bottled water company Danone-AQUA makes its recycled bottles in Bandung, West Java. Danone Indonesia senior sustainable packaging manager Ratih Anggraeni said the recycling process required collaboration among multiple players, ranging from scavengers and waste collection centers to recycled plastic manufacturers. Waste collection Workers check the quality of plastic flakes before ...