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25 by 2025: #1 – Semarang

By June 11, 2023February 7th, 20242 Comments

Prevented Ocean Plastic™ is helping to improve plastic recycling in Semarang, Indonesia.

This week, Prevented Ocean Plastic™ announced it will open 25 Collection Centres by 2025. These high-volume centres will be opened on four continents, in regions that have historically lacked recycling infrastructure to deal with their plastic waste, including Southeast Asia, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Mediterranean.

The first centre has already opened in the port city of Semarang. Last Sunday, a ribbon was cut outside of a new build there. This ‘aggregation’ centre- a bigger space than a collection centre- is the first significant collection and recycling centre in the region. It creates over 40 direct jobs and has the capacity to collect 500 tonnes per month of high quality plastic raw materials for recycling. The new centre will help to address the growing volumes of waste in Semarang, home to over 6 million people, and expand recycling infrastructure in the region.

Prevented Ocean Plastic Director, Raffi Schieir (right), on the ground in Semarang.

The Collection Centre meets Prevented Ocean Plastic™ standards. As part of the build, a concrete floor was levelled, office space was created, and new heavy machinery was installed. The construction was the direct result of a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Prevented Ocean Plastic Southeast Asia.

Clare Romanik, USAID’s Lead Ocean Plastics and Urban Advisor, said,“USAID is proud to partner with Prevented Ocean Plastic Southeast Asia to build an inclusive circular economy across Indonesia. This partnership demonstrates the power of blended finance as a model to scale solutions to the plastic crisis.”

By 2025, Prevented Ocean Plastic™ expects to be collecting 54,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year across the 25 new centres. Additionally, the 25 centres will support approximately 1,000 direct jobs and create income opportunities for thousands more bottle collectors in the informal waste sector.

Plastic recycling in Semarang, Indonesia just got better. You can discover the next milestone of our 25 by 2025 mission here on our website, or subscribe to the Prevented Ocean Plastic Monthly Newsletter to receive regular updates on this and more.

Prevented Ocean Plastic™ is a pioneering plastic recycling company developing locally customized sorting and collection infrastructure to underserved communities across the world. We are committed to strengthening the supply chain and scaling solutions for the management of plastic waste in the country. We provide high quality traceable recycled plastic to global markets to drive environmental, social and economic value from the bottle collector to the end consumer.