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Recycling Industry Creates Added Value for Plastic Waste

Recycling Industry Creates Added Value for Plastic Waste (kemendes)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Industry continues to encourage increased added value for plastic and paper waste through the recycling industry. This effort is carried out to reduce the import of raw materials in the form of plastic and paper, whose needs are still very high for the support of the production process of various industrial sectors in the country.

"For example paper, one of the products produced from wood is being restricted in use, so the recycle paper industry is needed. Now, the results of the recycle paper industry get appreciation from other sectors such as consumer goods companies that prioritize recycled raw materials, "said Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto in Jakarta, Tuesday (06/18/2019).

The Minister of Industry also said, to meet the needs of plastic raw materials, a petrochemical industry is needed. However, in building the facility, it will take a long time. At least, after laying the first stone, it takes three years for the plant to produce.

"So, in order to find a solution in the near future, so we can reduce this import, driven through the recycle industry. And, this industry has a much cheaper investment, "he explained.

Along with these strategic efforts, the Ministry of Industry is also actively spurring the growth of the domestic petrochemical industry. Until now, there are three companies that have invested in developing the petrochemical industry sector in Indonesia, namely PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk, Lotte Chemical Titan, and Siam Cement Group (SCG).

"They will produce domestic demand for naphtha cracker-based chemical raw materials. So that later we don't need to import anymore, "said Airlangga.

The Ministry of Industry targets that the amount of plastic waste that can be recycled in 2019 can reach up to 25 percent. That figure is more than double the average plastic waste recycled in previous years, which is 10 percent.

"So, we will continue to push this recycling industry. Some domestic industries have been able to recycle. Actually this recycling is not only done for plastic, but also paper and aluminum. Plastic is not garbage, but raw material (raw material), "he explained.