The Indonesian Ministry of Maritime and Investment Affairs (CMMAI) and Minderoo Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish “Sea the Future Indonesia” – a national programme to support plastics recycling, as a green recovery and growth engine, and ending ocean plastic waste pollution in Indonesia.
The partnership will help achieve targets to reduce plastic waste pollution by 70 per cent in Indonesia’s coastal waters before 2025, and a goal of doubling plastic recycling rates within the same time frame.
Minderoo Foundation’s ‘Sea the Future’ programme will bring together multi-national companies – leading producers and users of plastic packaging – and pilot a market-based solution to increase plastic collection rates, improve investment conditions for local consortia to build and operate new, large-scale recycling and sortation plants, and scale up supply of recycled plastic feedstocks.
Sea the Future Indonesia will contribute to Indonesia’s goals of reducing plastic marine debris, creating new jobs in a green recycling industry, reducing its dependence on imports of virgin plastics and will work towards achieving Indonesia’s international commitments under the UN Sustainable Development goals. A Joint Working group will be established to coordinate and shape the launch of the Sea the Future pilot project, which in its first phase aims to facilitate new plastics recycling capacity.
The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment of the Republic of Indonesia, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan welcomed this positive step to prevent plastic pollution entering Indonesia’s natural environment.
“Earlier this year, our government made a commitment to embrace a sweeping, full-system-change approach to combatting plastic waste and pollution. We need this change to preserve our pristine environment, waters and biodiversity, on which the livelihoods of so many Indonesians depend. This partnership is another step in turning this commitment into action.”
Chairman of Minderoo Foundation, Dr Andrew Forrest, said that Sea the Future Indonesia will turbo-charge other plastics collection and recycling initiatives in Indonesia, adding that it is vital to maximize synergies with ongoing efforts.
“To rid our planet of the damaging scourge of plastic pollution, we need to create healthy, sustainable markets for recycled plastic. Proving the feasibility of recycled plastics for high-grade applications, and the financial benefits for the plastics industry, are essential cogs to drive the wheels toward real change, not just in Indonesia but around the world,” Dr Forrest said.
Chief Operating Officer of Minderoo Foundation’s initiative, Nakul Saran, emphasized the pioneer role of Sea the Future Indonesia in setting a lead example.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with the Indonesian Government to launch a pilot of our Sea the Future programme initiative in Indonesia. With collaboration, determination and a great sense of urgency to turn the tide on the plastic waste problem, we will use the outcomes from Indonesia to inform future activities in many other countries,” he said.
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