Strengthening Indonesian Plastic Recycling Market and Design for Recycling

Thu, Nov 24 2022
Asia/Jakarta: 2:00 - 4:00pm


The transition towards circular economy includes the rethinking of product design to include considerations for end-of-life treatment and recyclability. Based on the report “Economic, Social, and Environmental Benefits of Circular Economy in Indonesia” published by The Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas in January 2021, household plastic waste is consisted of 19% plastic packaging from rigid mono-materials, 37% plastic packaging from flexible mono-materials, 18% plastic packaging from multi materials, 26% of other plastics. Of that plastic packaging waste, only 12% is recycled with 83% is going through open loop system and only 17% can be processed with closed loop system.


The limited recycling rate in Indonesia is a multifold issue, among others, rooted from limited waste infrastructure for waste collection and treatment, inadequate financial investment, weak enforcement of environmentally sound waste management. Nonetheless, the decision in production phase specifically the packaging materials and design are significantly influence the recyclability of plastic packaging. For example, heavily colored and multi-material packaging would be less recyclable than clear and mono-materials packaging. Thus, to strengthen recycling market and improve recycling rate, Indonesia needs to address some gaps, among others, by considering development of product design for recycling guidelines and standard.


At this background, this fourth episode of dialogue series will present the existing condition of plastic recycling market in Indonesia. Furthermore, this dialogue is to have a kick-off meeting with Indonesian stakeholders about design for recycling concept as well as how it looks like on the ground and its challenges for adoption in business.


The dialogue series is part of GIZ’s module “Collaborative Actions for Single Use Plastic Prevention in Southeast Asia (CAP SEA)” supported by the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment and NPAP Secretariat. The CAP SEA module is part of GIZ’s global project to support the BMUV’s “Export Initiative Environmental Protection.”


Aim of the event

To provide knowledge of plastic recycling market in Indonesia and share the conceptual framework of Design for Recycling and its implementation to strengthen plastic recycling plastic market in Indonesia


Learning outcomes

  • To share the findings related to current challenges and barriers of plastic recycling from packaging sector in Indonesia
  • To introduce the D4R concept, and guidelines as well as the importance of D4R standard to improve recycling market in Indonesia 
  • To learn more about practical implementation of Design for Recycling guideline


Jakarta Time



Resource Person

14.00 – 14.05


Greeting and Welcome

Host: CAP SEA Team

14.05 – 14.10


Keynote Speech


Rofi Alhanif, S.Pi., M.Sc

Assistant Deputy Waste Management

The Coordinating Ministry of Marine and Investment Affairs, Republic Indonesia

14.10 – 14.15


About CAP SEA and Dialogue Series

Mr. Christoffer Brick

CAP SEA Project Leader, GIZ

14.15 – 14.30



Challenges and Barriers in Strengthening Plastic Recycling Market in Indonesia

Ms. Kita Pritasari

Program Manager, Waste for Change

14.30 – 14.45


Why D4R Concept, Guideline and Standard are Important to Strengthen Plastic Recycling Market?

Mr. Siddhart Prakash & Ms. Clara Low

Researcher, Öko Institute

14.45 – 15.05


Q & A Discussion

Facilitator: CAP SEA Team

15.05 – 15.20


Government Perspective on D4R Incentive

Mr. Syaiful Bahri

Director of Downstream Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry, Ministry of Industry

15.20 – 15.35


Practitioner Perspective on D4R Implementation

Ms. Maya Tamimi

Head of Sustainable Environment, Unilever Indonesia Foundation

15.35 – 15.55


Q & A Discussion

Facilitator: CAP SEA Team

15.55 – 16.00


Wrap up and closing online session

Facilitator: CAP SEA Team