On 15 October 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk signed a collaboration with DKI Jakarta Environmental Agency for Jakarta Recycle Center (JRC) program. The virtual signing of this collaboration includes the provision of 36,000 pieces of 100% recycled plastic garbage bags to support the waste sorting program belonging to DKI Jakarta Environmental Agency.
The design of this segregated waste plastic bag adopts a design from the City of Osaki, Japan, by adjustments from the DKI Jakarta Environmental Agency, research results from students of Tokyo Institute of Technology, and technical assistance from Indonesian Plastic Recycler (IPR). The provision of plastic garbage bags that can be reused and recycled is a form of Chandra Asri's efforts as a producer who is responsible for building good habits in the community. This recycled trash bag is expected to help DKI Jakarta reduce the amount of waste in Bantargebang landfill.
Committed to implementing a circular economy, on 28 August 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk, in collaboration with the University of Indonesia (UI), implemented plastic asphalt on 241m2 of roads at the UI. This activity is a form of Chandra Asri's contribution to the problem of low-value waste in Indonesia. This plastic asphalt used 75kg of Polypropylene in the form of instant noodle packs from the industry as an asphalt mixture.
The collaboration between UI and Chandra Asri has been going on since 2018 in the development and lab tests. In 2020, a field test of the application of plastic asphalt will be carried out which can improve the quality of road stability by up to 40% under the results of tests conducted by the research team from UI, Chandra Asri, and also involving the Wasco Construction Company. As a result, the road quality will be stronger, more durable, and potentially saving the maintenance costs.
Committed to implementing a circular economy, on April 16, 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk held a 350 meters long plastic asphalt in its B1/MTBE project area. In collaboration with Ikatan Pemulung Indonesia, the implementation has utilized 480 thousand pieces of plastic shopping bag waste. This plastic asphalt has succeeded in reducing 3.6 tons of waste piles at the landfill.
It is the third implementation of plastic asphalt carried out by Chandra Asri in its plant area. This project has utilized 2.6 million pieces of plastic shopping bag waste, as well as managing plastic waste up to 20.4 tons to reduce the pile of garbage in the landfill. Until now, Chandra Asri has implemented 22.6 km of plastic asphalt in various cities as a way to increase the added value of plastic waste.
On February 24, 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk together with the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) signed a collaboration to develop innovations in the field of polymer material technology. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding was represented by Suryandi as the Director of Chandra Asri and Hammam Riza as the Head of BPPT.
This collaboration has two main pillars namely the development of the latest technology and products and the development of initiatives within the framework of a circular economic sustainable program. As a first step, it starts with research on processing multilayer plastic waste to be an added value product, because there are still few options to process this type of waste.
On February 20, 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk participated in the SD Symposium 2020 event organized by the Siam Cement Group (SCG). Located at The Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan, Jakarta, the event theme of Circular Economy: Collaboration for Action aims to strengthen SCG's collaboration with its stakeholders in implementing the concept of circular economy in Indonesia.
Through this forum, Chandra Asri contributed to the introduction of plastic asphalt projects that have been implemented in many regions in Indonesia. In the future, it is expected that the collaboration between Chandra Asri and SCG to implement a circular economy will remain.
From 17 February to 20 February 2020, Chandra Asri supported the first plastic asphalt in Semarang City. Collaborating with Dian Nuswantoro University (Udinus) and Semarang City Government, the implementation was held on Yudistira Street to Arjuna Raya Street, Pendrikan Kidul, Central Semarang which is a road in the campus area.
This collaboration is a form of the application of the concept of circular economy in Indonesia in the processing of plastic waste in Indonesia, so that single-use plastic waste can be reused into high-value products and does not end up at the Final Disposal Site (TPA). To maximize this waste management, waste segregation is needed from the beginning so that the material value of each waste can be maintained.
As a growth partner for the Government, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk is committed to continuously provide plastic waste management education to society. On 12 February 2020, Astra International and its subsidiary visited Chandra Asri Site Office in Cilegon.
Through this visit, Astra International employees were allowed to study the plastic waste management program that has been implemented by Chandra Asri, which is a plastic asphalt road. The participants of the activity were explained the materials of plastic asphalt as an alternative solution through plastic waste issues. Throughout 2019, Chandra Asri has successfully implemented 22 kilometers of plastic asphalt by utilizing 18.8 million pieces of plastic bag waste.
From this activity, good cooperation is expected to be established between Chandra Asri and Astra International of managing plastic waste in Indonesia.
On February 6, 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical together with SCG Indonesia and Dow Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding as a form of cooperation in promoting plastic waste management program in Indonesia. Located in Sudirman, Jakarta, the collaboration is made to support circular economy implementation
The event was attended by Fransiskus Ruly Aryawan as Director of Feedstock Monomer Chandra Asri, Suryandi as Director of HR and Corporate Affairs Chandra Asri, Vichan Tankengsirisin as President Director of Dow Indonesia, Jon Penrice as President of Dow Asia Pacific, and Pathama Sirikul as President Director of SCG Indonesia.
With this cooperation, a better waste management program is expected to be created. Thus, the plastic waste issues in Indonesia can be solved together.
Committed to implementing the circular economy concept, on 25 November 2019, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk together with Cilegon City Government inaugurated plastic asphalt road along 19 kilometers spread across 34 points in Cilegon City.
Located at Al-Ishlah Foundation, this event was attended by Ratu Ati Marliati, as Deputy Mayor of Cilegon. Chandra Asri provided 16.5 tons of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag waste for the asphalt mixture. Implementation of plastic asphalt is a form of CAP's business as a growth partner for the government to participate in the management of plastic waste.
On 21 September 2019, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk participated again in World Clean Up Day 2019. 100 CAP volunteers joined in cleaning up waste at the Mangrove Nature Park, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta.
In this clean action activity, the volunteers are not only collect waste but also do sorting to minimize the pile of waste which dumps to the landfill. After being sorted according to the categories, the collected plastic waste will be sent to the waste bank for recycling. With the enthusiasm of all volunteers, 675.37 kg of waste was collected at this location.