Indonesia to reap benefits of five new chemical recycling plants

Indonesia to reap benefits of five new chemical recycling plants

April 9, 2019
Press Release: Plastic Energy

Indonesia calls on UK chemical recycling innovator to hatch a plan to deal with its plastic waste problem

Waste-to-energy specialist Plastic Energy is to build five chemical recycling plants in the province of West Java after reaching an agreement with Indonesian officials.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, follows campaigns to reduce plastic pollution and in particular plastics reaching the ocean around Indonesia, a country that is second only to China for leaking plastic into the sea.

The country’s government has made addressing the plastic waste issue a priority, with an ambitious commitment to reduce marine plastic debris by 70% by 2025.

“One of the big issues we are facing is plastic waste,” commented Governor Ridwan Kamil. “So I am very happy to sign this MoU with Plastic Energy, a UK company that can transform plastic waste into fuel, something that is very useful. We are committed to ensuring this project is executed in a proper, transparent and professional way. We want to be the first region in Indonesia to have the facilities to transform plastic waste into energy and into fuel.”

The waste management industry in Indonesia is still in its early stages of development and as such infrastructure development still faces a range of challenges. Plastic Energy is therefore exploring partnerships with a range of public and private sector organizations to address these challenges and to facilitate the construction of these plants, as well as to make West Java a showcase for the rest of Indonesia.

“We are delighted to be able to make a significant contribution to Indonesia’s battle to reduce plastic pollution,” added Carlos Monreal, founder and CEO of Plastic Energy. “Through the introduction of these plants, we will give value to plastic waste, which is usually sent to landfill and sometimes mismanaged, which leads to the pollution of the ocean.”

In addition to the environmental advantages for Indonesia, the development of the five plants will also boost local economies and provide both direct and indirect employment as well as establishing a blueprint for a range of waste management solutions.

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