Having proved the technology, we’re now starting discussions with investors and other interested parties to develop a commercial plant capable of processing up to 30 tonnes of material a day.
To support that, we need to substantially increase the volume of flexible plastics we collect. Our ambition is to capture 1,500 tonnes in 2019 and around 5,000 tonnes in 2020.
This means working with governments and industry to develop collection infrastructure, which includes introducing separation in households so that wet and dry waste can be segregated.
One example of where we are already doing this is our Community Waste Bank Programme which empowers communities to manage domestic waste. So far, we have helped communities in 18 cities set up over 2,600 local projects where 350,000 members collect inorganic waste and sell it based on its value. In 2017, they collected over 6,000 tonnes of packaging waste, worth 8.4 billion Indonesian rupiahs.
We are now leveraging this network to recover sachets. For instance, we have started a flexible waste pilot in East Java to collect pouches, and we are creating an end-to-end solution by sending this material to our CreaSolv® Sachet Recycling plant for recycling.
To ensure we can access high volumes of quality materials, we are attaching a value to the sachets and buying them for a market price from intermediaries and informal waste collectors. To date we have collected over 450 tonnes and we are working hard to expand the network.
To support and scale our own efforts, we have signed a collaboration agreement with resource management company Veolia, which includes setting up used packaging collection solutions, adding recycling capacity, and developing new processes and business models. This work will start in Asia.