The government has inaugurated a PET bottle-recycling factory in Pasuruan, East Java, that will help reduce plastic waste in Indonesia, especially from single-use plastic bottles.
The plant, which started operating in April, was built in a partnership between bottled-water company Danone-AQUA and water-technologies company Veolia Indonesia.
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang said the plant would strengthen the recycling ecosystem and the circular economy in Indonesia. He added that there were more than 1,300 plastic recycling plants in Indonesia with a total capacity of 2.3 million tons per year and investment of over Rp 7 trillion (US$482.5 million).
The company pledged in 2018 that 50 percent of the plastic used for its water and other beverages would be recycled plastic by 2025. In 2019, just 25 percent of the plastic used was recycled material.