Transitioning to a recycling future – building the circular economy with a carrot or a stick?

In 2019, Pak Fajar Budiono, Secretary General of the Indonesian Plastic Industry Association (Inaplas), requested a review of the 10-percent value-added tax (VAT) on products made from recycled plastic waste. According to Pak Fajar, the amount of VAT is quite high and slows down the development of the recycling industry. While the ban on import of plastic waste from countries such as Australia has come into force, and the ban on export of [...]

New name clients embracing sustainability drive

We are pleased to say that a selection of new clients in June were Wilmar-Nabati, Logistics Worldwide Express & Global Forwarding Inc, PT Cahaya Mas Pratama, PT Realfood Winta Asia, Makmur Express Abadi/Julius Linus. Even though Covid-19 is altering businesses and the way we all do business, at least for the immediate future, these companies have selected Re>Pal for the combination of value, durability, and sustainability. The transition to sustainability does [...]

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Global Reporting Initiative & Global Initiatives speaking opportunity

I was pleased to be invited to speak at a virtual forum organised by GRI and Global Initiatives moderated by Michele Lemmens and Shefali Chaddha. This was a 'case study' format where various sector leaders presented their experiences in what works and what could be improved. Insights came from Mikkel Larsen at DBS Bank (Singapore), Noppadol Dej-Udom from Charoen Pokphand Group Co (Thailand) Rosnith Rahan from Sodexo (Singapore), and me representing [...]

Investing in EPR for a cleaner future

In October 22, 2018 Greenpeace published its “Crisis of Convenience” report following its audit of brands found in local communities’ waste. It’s worth reading even if it is fairly confronting. We all use plastics in our daily lives, and it is a remarkable product as it does ensure that food remains fresh, food waste is limited, and many plastics can by and large be recycled. The challenges as laid out by [...]

Re>Pal moves ahead with HACCP

HACCP certification is an international standard defining the requirements for effective control of food safety. While Re>Pal is not a food manufacturing business, we are a supply chain partner in this industry and several of our larger prospects in food manufacturing have asked Re>Pal to become HACCP certified. Given it is a relatively small cost of a few thousand dollars for the certification process it seems worthwhile. HACCP Certification is a [...]

Re>Pal Indonesia manufacturing through the crisis

While most of the cases of Covid-19 are in West Java, East Java is the next highest density of cases and of course every manufacturing business, and indeed all businesses, need to remain vigilant to protect its workers, and the worker’s livelihoods. We are committed to keeping a Covid-safe environment and ensuring our staff are as safe as possible from the virus. As lockdowns around the world start relaxing, we also [...]

Pallet portfolio amendments

Our progress on developing different pallets is somewhat slower than hoped for due to having only one large bed Computer Numerical Control (CNC) cutting machine. We have a requirement from one of our larger prospects for the HD1210 pallet where they require anti-slip devices for both the top and bottom of this pallet. We have decided to add these as an enhancement optional extra (and can fill these in easily using a jig for [...]

Erwin Pelani joins sales team in Indonesia

Following Bu Indri Suhandi joining the Re>Pal sales team, I am pleased to say that Pak Erwin Pelani has also joined as business development manager for West Jakarta/ Tangerang area. He has has a successful sales and business trackrecord at companies in Jakarta including PT Paul Buana Indonesia, Hasco Singapore PTE Ltd, PT Anest Iwata Indonesia, PT ITI Marine Oilfield Utama and PT MAN Diesel & Turbo Indonesia He has a [...]

WWTP – BioSystems Group engaged to improve WWTP output

We have engaged BioSystems Group of Bali, Indonesia in a trial to to start work on the Waste Water Treatment Plant. We are looking at the entire process within the washing and treatment process to improve the water quality within the production process and improving the water recovery time, efficiencies and improve volumes that we can treat. We treat a wide range of mixed plastics from a variety of sources and it is [...]

NSP1210 H pallet live next month

I’m pleased to say the NSP1210 H will be ready in April. This pallet complements the successful NSP1210 pallet. The NSP1210 H extends racking to 1,000kg from the NSP1210’s 700kg. Several logistics companies have asked for this style of pallet, as the NSP is already a popular pallet due to its racking capability and easy stacking. The nesting-stacking allows companies to save significant warehousing space due to the nestable capability, while [...]


COVID-19 has had some serious effects in Indonesia, though we note the country’s determination to carry on with life as far as possible. Our thoughts are with anyone affected. Our aim through this period is to help our clients and prospects as much as possible to continue with business as usual. Our manufacturing facilities, and the Pasuruan bonded customs zone, remain unaffected at the present time. As of the time of [...]

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Tetra Pak Material successfully trialled!

I am pleased to say that we have recently successfully trialled Tetra Pak material into Re>Pal pallets. This material has been known as being relatively energy intensive to produce, so the fact that we can recycle it, will increase the material’s longevity and therefore spread this energy intensity over the material’s life. We will be able to then re-recycle the material into Re>Pal pallets ad infinitum with other materials or new [...]

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