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Stronger collaborations key to improving RI’s lofty waste reduction goals

  • Budi Sutrisno

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 5 2020   /  01:00 am
PT Coca-Cola Indonesia public affairs, communications and sustainability director Triyono Prijosoesilo (top left), Environment and Forestry Ministry waste management director Novrizal Tahar (top right), Greeneration Foundation executive director Vanessa Letizia (bottom left) and waste management professor Enri Damanhuri (bottom right) attend a Jakpost Up Close webinar titled “Protecting the environment through recycling” on Dec. 4, 2020. (JP/Vela Andapita)

With waste management problems continuing to mount globally, Indonesia, as one of the world’s largest waste producers, has a key role to play in developing comprehensive waste treatment solutions that involve all stakeholders nationwide. Indonesia has set a bold vision to reduce waste through Presidential Regulation No. 97/2017. The country aims to cut at least 30 percent of total waste and 70 percent of marine plastic debris. Under the current pace, Indonesia will produce 70.8 million tons of annual waste in 2025. With the regulation, the government wants to reduce 30 percent of waste (20.9 million tons), which would leave 70 percent (49.9 million tons) to be processed through recycling and other waste treatment methods. However, the question remains: How will Indonesia achieve this ambitious target? Last year, less than 50 percent of waste in Indonesia was handled proper...