CHALLENGE : WASTE MANAGEMENT HABITS IN INDONESIA ENDANGERING ECOSYSTEMS AND CAUSING GREENHOUSES GASESMany of us already know about the devastating consequence of a bad plastic waste management on our environment and on human health. Facing the lack of a performing recycling system in Indonesia, Get Plastic NGO targets millions of Indonesian communities that currently have no choice but 2 options to get rid of the plastic waste piling up in cities and villages : > Littering in the rivers and oceans, which threatens water ecosystems hence causing ocean’s heating (After China, Indonesia is the second largest marine polluter). > Open-air burning, which emits massive amounts of toxicity (carbone monoxide) and greenhouses gases. Rather than getting any value out of the plastic, both of these habits are bad either for human prosperity and climate change. The Indonesian government targets to reduce plastic waste by 70 percent by the end of 2025, however the challenge seems huge and we need many creative initiatives to start acting
SOLUTION : PLASTIC PYROLYSIS AS A SAFE, PROFITABLE INCENTIVE TO EMPOWER COMMUNITIES IN PROCESSING THEIR OWN WASTE AND MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGEAs a group of 7 multicultural friends (from Indonesia and France) from diverse social backgrounds end expertises, we decided to engage our careers to create "Get Plastic". Based on the experiments developed by our co-founder Dimas Wijanarko, "Get Plastic" is an Indonesian-law NGO that promotes Plastic Pyrolysis as one of the best innovations to tackle the lack of waste recycling in Indonesia. The name “Get Plastic” is from Indonesian language “GErakan Tarik Plastik” which means the “Movement to pull out plastics”.Since 3 years we bring awareness on the impact of single-use plastics as well as implementing good practices with economical incentives. Our plastic pyrolysis device is designed to be safely used by any small community as a tool to sort and process all types of plastic waste and getting a staple product out of it : fuel oil.
OUR SOLUTION ADDRESSES CLIMATE CHANGE IN MANY WAYS : 1
Reduction of plastic waste littering, preserving fragile land ecosystems and the quality of soils 2
Reduction of plastic waste dumping in rivers and oceans, mitigating the damage on marine ecosystems and hence the ocean’s temperature rise. 3
Reducing open-air waste burning that causes toxic emissions and greenhouse gases 4
Using upcycled fuel oil cuts pollution and emissions caused by natural oil extraction process