PT Veolia Services Indonesia (Veolia Indonesia) in partnership with PT Tirta Investama (Danone-AQUA) have inaugurated the largest and the most modern recycling and reprocessing factory for used PET plastic bottles in Indonesia.
Situated in the Pasuruan Industrial Estate Rembang (PIER) Industrial Zone in Rembang District, Pasuruan Regency, East Java, the construction of the factory was started in March 2019. Veolia Indonesia’s plastic recycling factory currently has a capacity of producing up to 25,000 tons per year of food-grade recycled PET Plastic (rPET) which has met food safety standards (food grade) and halal certification.
Veolia Indonesia is a local entity of Veolia Group, a French-based global benchmark company for ecological transformation that has strong experiences and expertise in plastic recycling and reprocessing that is bolstered by the latest technology. Danone-AQUA supports the operation of Veolia Indonesia by becoming the main consumer while ensuring the sustainability of an inclusive used PET plastic bottle supply chain through efforts to improve the welfare of scavengers and TPS3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Waste Management Center) workers in 4 districts in Indonesia, under the auspices of project Inclusive Recycling Indonesia or Recycling Inclusive Indonesia
Currently, all Danone-AQUA plastic bottle packaging contains up to 25% recycled material and in 2019, Danone-AQUA launched the first drinking water bottle in Indonesia made of 100% recycled PET plastic (AQUA Life). Therefore, the partnership with Veolia Indonesia will not only help to increase efforts to collect and recycle plastic waste in Indonesia, but also ensure the use of plastic bottles that are more environmentally friendly with an adequate supply of raw materials.
The recycled used plastic bottles into new bottled water products produced in the factory have been tested in accordance with the global food safety standard and obtained a halal certificate. The factory also absorbs more than 200 local workers and is supported by modern technology in which the machines can sort the caps and labels at once quickly.
Through the establishment of the plastic recycling factory, Veolia Indonesia and Danone-AQUA contribute to Indonesia’s social and environmental aspects, to support the government’s target of reducing plastic waste in the sea by 70% by 2025 and making Indonesia cleaner.