An Indonesian businesswoman treats plastic waste and turns it into a livelihood

26 September, 2022
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An Indonesian businesswoman treats plastic waste and turns it into a livelihood

An Indonesian businesswoman seeks to turn mountains of plastic waste dumped in the streets of the capital, Jakarta, which are often destined to be dumped in the sea, into a source of livelihood for many.


Since its inception six years ago, the Trade Oasis Group, which has 120 employees, has recycled 250 million plastic bottles.

 

"I can't imagine used plastic bottles as waste, for me they are a valuable material in a wrong place," company founder Diane Kurniawati, 35, told AFP.

 

Indonesia has begun working to reduce the volume of its plastic waste to 30% within three years. Indonesia generates about 7.8 million tons of plastic waste annually, more than half of which is not collected or recycled, according to the World Bank.

 

At its plant in Benten district, close to the capital, Dian Kurniawati receives plastic waste from recycling centers in Jakarta's 30 million people.

 

The company then sends the recycled plastic to European countries and the domestic market as well, with the aim of turning this material into wrappers or textiles.


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