UK-Based Plastic Recycling Company to Build Five Plants in Indonesia

April 2019

London-based plastic recycling company Plastic Energy Ltd (Plastic Energy) is going to develop five recycling plants in the province of West Java in Indonesia. The company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, The company is looking to partner with public and private sector organizations to support construction of the plants.

Plastic Energy uses a patented Thermal Anaerobic Conversion (TAC) technology to convert end-of-life plastic waste into a new feedstock to create clean recycled plastics or alternative low-carbon fuels. For every ton of plastic waste processed, 850 liters of the chemical feedstock is produced. Its process complements traditional mechanical recycling efforts and Energy recovery activities and it can deal with plastics that are mixed, contaminated, multi-layered, as well as plastics that can no longer be mechanically recycled

According to a Study by the University of Georgia, an estimated 3.22 million metric tons of plastic waste is tossed annually into the ocean surrounding Indonesia, second only to China. Indonesia has made a commitment to reduce marine plastic debris by 70% by 2025. These plants are intended to make West Java into a showcase for the rest of Indonesia in plastic recycling and they would assist Indonesia in meeting its plastic reduction goals. 

(Sources: Recycling Today; Waste Management World)

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