The government has inaugurated a PET bottle-recycling factory in Pasuruan, East Java, that will help reduce plastic waste in Indonesia, especially from single-use plastic bottles. The plant, which started operating in April, was built in a partnership between bottled-water company Danone-AQUA and water-technologies company Veolia Indonesia. With 225 employees, it has a production capacity of 25,000 tons per year of food-grade recycled PET plastic (RPET).
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang said the plant would strengthen the recycling ecosystem and the circular economy in Indonesia. He added that there were more than 1,300 plastic recycling plants in Indonesia with a total capacity of 2.3 million tons per year and investment of over Rp 7 trillion (US$482.5 million). “It can support the government's target of [reducing] plastic waste in the sea by up to 70 percent by 2025,” Agus said during his remarks at an online inauguration event on Wednesday.
In an audit by an international movement called Break Free from Plastic, Danone was identified as one of the top-three companies producing the most plastic waste. The group has long called on large national and multinational corporations to take responsibility for plastic pollution caused by their operations. The company pledged in 2018 that 50 percent of the plastic used for its water and other beverages would be recycled plastic by 2025. In 2019, just 25 percent of the plastic used was recycled material.
Connie Ang, president director of Danone-AQUA, said the new PET bottle-recycling factory would speed up this process, so that the company could fulfil its target in 2025. “This factory bolsters the efforts by Danone-AQUA to triple the use of recycled plastic [in its water and other beverage battles] in 2022 versus what we use today,” Connie said.
Location Intelligence, Covid-19 Solutions and the Economic Recovery' hosted by Bhumi Varta Technology and Sandilogi
Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy Dr. Sandiaga Uno joined Bhumi Varta Technology Founder Martyn Terpilowski and CEO Jullian Gaffar to discuss the role of Location Intelligence and Big Data Analytics in the fight against Covid-19 and the future recovery.
Location Intelligence is a sector with potential to actually benefit from the current pandemic as big data can be used to solve the issues of Governments and lead a dat driven economic recovery for the private sector also.
Mr. Terpilowski commented that 'execution and decisions in pandemics need to be quick to fully benefit from the technology available'.
Mr. Terpilowski said 'Going forward after the pandemic, a data driven approach to business is likely to be essential' and he believes it can 'bring about huge advancement in Indonesia'. He also believes 'that companies with an unwillingness to adapt, risk their business and that investment in Location Intelligence and Big Data Analytics, needs to be viewed as a revenue driver, not a cost'.
He stated his company vision is 'to be the number one Indonesian deep tech company and a world class Location Intelligence provider.