I was delighted this month when I was at our factory in Pasuruan, to journey all of 2km down the road and get a sneak peek at the new Veolia Services Indonesia recycling facility. Veolia is building a massive PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, bottle-to-bottle recycling and reprocessing factory.
Xavier Jean, General Manager and Operations Manager Pak Januar Pribadi gave us an overview of the site. Even if PET is already one of the most recycled plastics, adding capacity is welcome in Indonesia as we know that recycling rates can always be improved. This site adds efficiency on a larger scale to collect, select and manage plastic waste. As I mentioned in 2019, at our Open Day Event, we will be receiving the OPP label waste from Danone-AQUA, and the Veolia site is supported by Danone-AQUA to improve the circular economy for plastics as a key part of its #BijakBerplastik pledge, its producer responsibility commitment, of collecting more plastic waste than it produces in 2025. I believe that the factory will be able to produce 25,000 Tonnes of recycled PET each year, which is food grade standard, and ensure that Danone-Aqua receives enough rPET supply. The rPET will be sent around Indonesia and the factory will start live production in March 2020.
Congratulations to both Veolia Services and Danone-Aqua and we look forward to seeing the progress of our neighbours and to collaborating with them where possible to help in the circular economy.