Borealis Opens New Material Recovery Facility in Indonesia

19.09.2023 - Project STOP and Banyuwangi Regent Ipuk Fiestiandani inaugurated one of Indonesia's largest materials recovery facilities in Songgon Municipality on September 16th.

The facility will manage collecting and sorting waste and materials for recycling from households in the region. It will be able to process up to 84 tons of waste per day, 23,000 tons per year, 3,300 of which are from plastic. It is expected to create around 200 jobs and serve over 250,000 residents by 2025. 

Launched in 2017 by Borealis and Systemiq, Project STOP (STop Ocean Plastics) works hand-in-hand with city governments to create effective circular waste management systems in high-need areas of Southeast Asia.

"Since we founded Project STOP together with Systemiq in 2017, we established waste management systems in Muncar, Pasuruan and Jembrana as first phase. Based on the learnings done in the first three cities, we will now expand the reach of Project STOP to the Banyuwangi region. Beyond that, we hope that Project STOP serves as inspiration and blueprint for other projects to accelerate the establishment of a circular economy and to avoid waste leakage into the environment,” commented Thomas Gangl, Borealis CEO. 

The Banyuwangi Regency Government allocated more than 1.5 hectares of land for the construction of the facility. The waste management system is designed to support the implementation of the Banyuwangi government's Solid Waste Master Plan, which was jointly developed by Banyuwangi authorities, the Clean Oceans through Clean Communities (CLOCC) programme and Project STOP. The state-of-the-art facility is equipped to handle both organic waste, for compost, and inorganic waste for recycling. 

“This second Project STOP Program in Banyuwangi underscores our enduring partnership with the Regency and other local government agencies, with increased impact and benefits for the local environment and population. We intend this to be a beacon for Regencies across the country and thank our funders and partners for their ongoing commitment,” said Ben Dixon, Head of Materials and Circular Economy at Systemiq.  

Project STOP Banyuwangi's success is possible through collaboration and partnerships with Indonesian government agencies, including the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs (CMMAI), the National Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), the Banyuwangi Regency Government and Project STOP's strategic partners, including the Norwegian Government, Accenture, Borouge, USAID and Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals (P4G).


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