Nestlé and Project Stop have received government support to move forward with their sustainable waste management system and help reduce ocean plastic pollution in coastal areas of Indonesia.
The regional government of Pasuruan in East Java, Indonesia, has given its support to establish a material recovery facility, a key component to create a waste management system for communities in the area.
Established in 2017 by Borealis and Systemiq, Project Stop aims to design, implement and scale circular economy solutions to prevent plastic pollution in Southeast Asia.
Last year, Nestlé became a strategic partner and reportedly the first food and beverage company to join the initiative.
Along with other partners, Project Stop launched the city partnership with a focus on Lekok and Nguling municipalities.
According to Nestlé, currently, only 9% of Pasuruan residents have access to waste management services, of which just 1% of waste is responsibly managed. Residents have no other option and must dump their waste in the open environment.
Therefore, the material recovery facility will be used to manage waste collection, segregation and recycling processes at the Lekok and Nguling municipalities in Pasuruan for the first time.
“With the establishment of the material recovery facility, we aim that by 2022, we will be able to responsibly manage at least 1,500 tons of plastic waste per year,” said Joi Danielson, programme director, ocean plastics Asia, and partner at Systemiq.
Working with companies, local governments and community groups, Project Stop supports cities with technical expertise to achieve zero leakage of waste, provide training and create new jobs in waste management, and reduce the harmful impact of mismanaged waste on public health, tourism and fisheries.
Irsyad Yusuf, MM, regent of Pasuruan, said: “We are very pleased and motivated to be partnering with Nestlé and Project Stop to develop a holistic waste management system.
“This is another important development to help Indonesia achieve its commitment to reduce waste in the oceans by 70% in 2025. I hope this project will be able to help us create an economically self-sufficient waste management system that can be replicated across the region.”
Project Stop is also working in Muncar in East Java and Jembrana in Bali.
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