BANDUNG - The West Java Provincial Government signed a partnership with a British plastic waste processing company Plastic Energy Limited to convert plastrics to diesel. The plan for this waste processing model will be applied in six cities in West Java.
The signing of a joint agreement was carried out by the Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil with Kirk Evan representing Plastic Energy, in Pakuan Building, Cicendo Street, Bandung, Thursday (03/28/19).
Governor Ridwan Kamil revealed that Plastic Energy is the best and largest environmental company in the UK who is interested in inviting the West Java Provincial Government to fight plastic waste into diesel fuel.
"They are interested in inviting us to fight plastic waste to be useful. We know Indonesia is known as a contributor to plastic waste into the ocean," said the Governor who is familiarly called Emil.
Six cities were chosen because they have high production and consumption of plastic. The six cities are Bandung, Bogor, Bekasi, Depok, Cirebon and Tasikmalaya City.
"It has been agreed that the technology for processing plastic waste into diesel fuel will be applied in West Java. The cities of Bandung, Bogor, Bekasi, Depok, Cirebon and Tasikmalaya have very large amounts of garbage production and high consumption of plastics," he explained.
Interestingly, Plastic Energy will donate funds of 20 million dollars or around Rp280 billion. This fund is for a feasibility study to be carried out in August 2019 until March 2020. Thus the application of this plastic waste treatment technology will begin in March 2020.
"It will be a feasibility study first until March 2020, after that we will start processing," Emil said.
Aside from being a pilot of green development in Indonesia, this project also has a business side. The total investment in the project reached 200 million dollars or around Rp2.8 trillion.
"This shows that West Java in the eyes of the world is seen as a province that is pro-business which also gives rise to mutual benefits to the environment," Emil said.
Krik Evan explained, from 1 kilogram of plastic waste processed it would produce 0.8 liters of diesel fuel. Plastic waste that is processed is household plastic and food waste. Meanwhile, the area for processing requires an area of ??1 hectare.
"Household plastic waste and food wrap, that's what we do," he said.
The reason West Java was chosen, according to him, was because Governor Ridwan Kamil had a strong commitment to fight plastic waste. After being successful it will be applied in other provinces in Indonesia and West Java to become pilot projects.
"We choose West Java because Mr. Ridwan has committed me to processing plastic waste and there is one potential to be an example for other provinces in Indonesia," Evan said.
West Java is the only region in Asia that applies this plastic waste treatment technology. (*)