Jakarta | 13th-14th of November 2019. The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in collaboration with the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL) and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry held a waste management seminar with the theme “Circular Economy Policy Framework in Plastic Waste Management” at JW Marriot Hotel, Jakarta.
This seminar was part of the Rule of Law Fund (RoLF) program supported by the Dutch Embassy in Indonesia and implemented by IDLO. The seminar was attended by various institutions such as the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Dutch Embassy in Indonesia, international organisations, producers, and various civil society organisations such as the Indonesian Market Traders Association, the Plastic Bag Diet Movement.
This seminar aimed to share information regarding the use of the circular economy approach in the management of plastic waste, where the circular economy creates the value of waste, by extending product’s life and moving waste from the end of the supply chain back to the beginning. In a circular economy, materials for new products come from old products and as much as possible everything is reused, reproduced, or as a last resort, recycled back into raw material or used as an energy source.
The event was opened by Rosa Vivien Ratnawati, Director General of Waste and Hazardous Toxic Material Management (PSLB3) Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) of the Republic of Indonesia, and Representative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Martin van Nieuwuhoven.
This discussion in this seminar was divided into two sessions, namely “Circular Economy in Plastic Waste Management: European and Indonesian Experiences” and “Drafting regulations for the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)”
The first session was filled with presentations from Martin van Nieuwuhoven and Dr. Novrizal Tahar as Director of Waste Management of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) of the Republic of Indonesia. The second session presented five speakers namely the Director of Waste Management KLHK Dr. Novrizal Tahar, Ivo Meijer from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, Head of the Division of Pollution Control of ICEL Fajri Fadilah, and Adi Asmawan from Saruga Pack Free Store.