Recycling firm Plastic Energy has reached an agreement with West Java in Indonesia to build five chemical recycling plants.
The Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), following campaigns, including the United Nations Clean Seas, the Global Plastic Action Partnership and Our Ocean Conference, to reduce plastic pollution, and plastics reaching the ocean around Indonesia.
Plastic waste has been made a priority by the Indonesian Government, with the commitment to reduce marine plastic debris by 70% by 2025.
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The waste management sector in the country is still in the early stages of development, with the infrastructure still facing many challenges.
Plastic Energy is exploring partnerships with public and private sector organisations to address these challenges and facilitate the construction of the plants.
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said: “West Java is the biggest province in Indonesia in terms of population. We have 50 million people and 27 cities. West Java is also known as the province with a vision of green development and is creating a series of strategies to make sure our future is sustainable. One of the big issues we are facing is plastic waste.
“So therefore, I am very happy to sign this MOU with Plastic Energy, a British company that can transform plastic waste into fuel, something which 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, through this partnership with Plastic Energy.”
Plastic energy founder and chief executive Carlos Monreal said: “We are delighted to be able to make a significant contribution to Indonesia’s battle to reduce plastic pollution. 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.”
The recycling firm has pioneered the conversion of valueless plastic waste, with patented low carbon footprint technology, into oils, called TACOIL, for making new virgin – food safe – plastics and is helping create a circular economy, as well an alternative fuel with lower emissions.
In Indonesia, the development of the five plants will help increase local economies, providing them with direct and indirect employment, and establishing a blueprint for a range of waste management solutions, said the firm.