Indonesia should turn its own waste into electric power: minister

Pollution from plastic waste at sea is a crucial problem that we face together, and it has even become a global concern, so we must be careful in handling it

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, has stressed that Indonesia should be able to treat its own waste and turn it into electric energy to make the country cleaner.

Pandjaitan made the statement while attending the 2022 National Clean Sea Movement in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta on Wednesday (September 7) which was held to mark the 77th anniversary of the Indonesian Navy.

“We dream that in the second quarter of 2024, we can process 12,000 tons of waste per day and make Indonesia clean,” Coordinating Minister Pandjaitan said in a statement on Thursday.

The Minister also insisted on the solidarity of all parties in the efforts to deal with the problem of marine pollution.

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“Plastic litter pollution in the sea is a critical issue that we face together, and it has even become a global concern, so we need to be careful in its management,” Pandjaitan said.

He also highlighted facts about marine debris, where over the past three years the government has managed to reduce marine debris by 28.5%.

“However, we are still far from our goal in 2025 which is to reduce marine plastic litter by 70%,” he remarked.

Additionally, Indonesia has an ambition to be plastic waste free in the oceans by 2040 as stipulated in Presidential Regulation Number 83 of 2018.

To this end, the government continues to intensify integrated waste management efforts from upstream to downstream.

He said the government also continues to encourage the use of various technologies and the application of innovations to boost the reduction of marine debris in Indonesia.

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For example, the technology created by the country’s children at the Bantargebang Integrated Waste Treatment Site (TPST) which is capable of transforming 100 tonnes of waste into electrical energy and transforming two thousand tonnes of waste into waste-derived fuel (RDF ) each day. RDF itself can be used as fuel in cement plants.

Pandjaitan stressed that improved and collaborative waste management efforts would create a cleaner and healthier marine ecosystem. This is particularly important since more than 80% of marine debris comes from land that is transported to the sea from rivers.

“The biggest effort to deal with marine debris is actually mitigating waste leakage from land,” he noted.

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Meanwhile, Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Yudo Margono felt that the sea, as the nation’s future civilization, should be properly protected.

“We are organizing this event with the aim of raising awareness and at the same time inviting the people of Indonesia to the importance of this,” he remarked.

The sea clean-up activity, held simultaneously at 77 sites in Indonesia, was expected to encourage the community and other stakeholders to take greater care and play an active role in solving Indonesia’s litter problems.

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