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Indonesia Has Successfully Developed Plastic Waste Utilization Technology

Feb 06, 2018

According to Indonesian local media reports, the Indonesian government, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesian Association of Olefin Plastics and Fragrances Industry (INAPLAS), Indonesia Plastics Recycling Association (ADUPI), Indonesian plastic raw material polypropylene manufacturer PT Polytama Propindo and Dow Chemical Company Of Dow Packaging's six-partner partnership with Specialty Plastics, successfully combined 3.5 tons of plastic waste with asphalt at the end of 2017, laying 1.8 km of road in Debrecen, West Java, with a road area of 9,781 square meters. The technology is provided by The Dow Chemical Company. Roads made of waste plastic are reported to be more durable and robust than ordinary roads. The pilot project lasted two months. Although the road and bridge research and development center in Indonesia is testing the road, the Indonesian Marine Coordination Department has identified the project as a national project.

In 2017, the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Housing R & D successfully used plastic waste and asphalt blends to lay down a 700-meter-long pavement on the campus of Udayana University in Bali and reached the required level of plastic waste up to 1km and 7 meters 2.5 tons, while for the load of goods roads need 5 tons. In addition, waste plastic and asphalt blends are more viscous than regular bitumen, increasing stability by 40% and better durability. After Udayana's successful experiments, the plastic asphalt mixture technology will be further used in Jakarta, Beqaa, and Surabaya. Plastic recycling associations in 16 cities in Indonesia will be responsible for supplying waste plastics.

Indonesia is the second largest producer of marine plastic waste. This technique of using plastic waste to pave the way will be one of the solutions to deal with plastic waste and help to reduce marine pollution and develop a recycling economy. Indonesian President Zoeko pledged at the G20 summit in Hamburg to reduce by 70% sea plastic trash by 2025.