Webinar: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Plastic Waste Management in Indonesia

Country: Indonesia
key Area: Ports & Fisheries, Waste Management
Related item: Partnership for Plastic Waste Recycling, Sustainable Waste Management in Malang City
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How we can implement EPR to reduce plastic waste in Indonesia? What are the challenges and opportunities if we use EPR in plastic waste management? What type of lessons can we learn from the best international practices in implementing EPR?

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The first webinar of a series organised by ‘Rethinking Plastics’ tried to answer these questions by introducing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Plastic Waste Management with a specific focus on Indonesia. The webinar, which was organised in cooperation with the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) served to discuss opportunities and challenges as well as lessons learned from international practices. 

Indonesia is among the biggest producers of plastic waste in the world and generates some 175,000 tons of waste every day. About 14 percent, or 24,500 tons, of it is plastics. More than 80 percent of waste in Indonesia is unsorted. As a result, most of the plastic waste either ends up in landfills or flows into the ocean. In an effort to reduce plastic waste, the Indonesian government has put an ambitious target to reduce 70 percent of marine plastic waste by 2025. It also wants to reduce waste by 30 percent through the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) by 2030.

In 2020, the government introduced new regulations which require packaging producers to reduce plastic waste. EPR, a mechanism or policy under which producers should take responsibility for the collection, transport, recycling and disposal of plastics to reduce plastic waste, is seen as an effective measure. 

Around 1,000 participants from all over the world attended the two sessions on EPR Policies and International Practices and on EPR Implementation in Indonesia. Katarina Grgas-Brus from the European Commission in Brussels and Prof. Raldi Hendro Koestoer from the Office of the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs of Indonesia provided key note speeches before experts from Denmark, Germany, Singapore and Norway provided insights into their countries’ practices. Key stakeholders from Indonesia then discussed the way forward for Indonesia. 

The full webinar can be watched on the CSEAS’s YouTube channel.

Project Launch: Joint efforts for an ocean free of plastics

Country: All Countries
key Area: Ports & Fisheries, Consumption & Production, Waste Management, Green Public Procurement, Circular Economy, Awareness Raising
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China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Government will strengthen their cooperation to reduce plastic waste and marine litter.

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Today, they launched the ’Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter’ project in Bangkok with around 80 invited participants from government, private sector and civil society. The new project, co-financed by the EU and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has a duration of three years and an overall volume of 10 Million Euro.

Plastics, for example in packaging and single-used products, contribute to a huge amount of marine litter, which more and more affects marine ecosystems and fisheries, as well as the tourism sector. “We need to strengthen our efforts”, said Mr. Pralong Dumrongthai, Director General of the Pollution Control Department (PCD), the national cooperation partner of the project in Thailand. “The Thai Roadmap on Plastic Waste Management 2018 – 2030 has been developed with the aim to create circular economy and reduce single-use plastics. We will therefore work further on the proposed Roadmap as a policy framework in Thailand with all stakeholders. We hope that we will profit from the knowledge and support of the project on our way to implement the Roadmap.” 

H.E. Mr. Pirkka Tapiola, the Ambassador of the European Union to Thailand, added: “We look forward to the in-depth cooperation with Thailand, as well as China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and Singapore in the framework of this new project. With its Circular Economy Action Plan and the EU Plastics Strategy, the European Union is also on the move to transform the way plastic products are designed, used, produced and recycled to avoid that they end up in the ocean. This project is key to harness global exchange and action, and I strongly believe that we can learn from each other’s experiences to maximize our joint efforts.”

Highlight Quote 1: “Global challenges, including marine litter, need global actions”,
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agreed H.E. Mr. Georg Schmidt, the German Ambassador to Thailand. “Germany has a long-lasting partnership with Thailand and the other project partner countries and supports sustainable waste management and circular economy solutions worldwide. The upcoming activities intensify this cooperation even more. Circular economy means that we focus on avoiding, collecting, recycling and disposing plastic waste altogether. Instead of leaking into the sea, the aim is that plastics are reduced, reused and recycled. With the new project, we can achieve an important contribution.”

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements the project together with Expertise France. Mr. Alvaro Zurita, GIZ Team Leader of the ’Rethinking Plastics’ project outlined the areas of action in the project countries: “The project will provide advice and implement activities on topics such as managing plastic waste, sustainable consumption and production of plastic as well as reducing litter from sea-based sources, for example lost fishing gear and waste from ships. We will also identify and support pilot projects to establish and disseminate good practices. I look forward to engaging further with our partners.”

A first step for mutual learning and exchange was part of the launch event: After the welcoming remarks, representatives from East and Southeast Asian countries shared their experiences and concrete next steps to tackle marine litter and reduce plastic waste in their countries together with the project.

Following up to the launch, the ‘Circular Economy and Plastics: A Gap-Analysis in ASEAN Member States’ was presented. The Gap-Analysis is the result of the increased cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on plastic pollution, and one of the most efficient solutions to address it – Circular Economy.

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‘Rethinking Plastics’ joins 3rd ICEF in Indonesia

Country: Indonesia
key Area: Waste Management, Circular Economy
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Each year, the Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (ICEF) as a national platform for Circular Economy brings together stakeholders to identify challenges and produce solutions as well as recommendations to implement Circular Economy approaches and transition to a more circular lifestyle in Indonesia. 

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In November 2019, it was time for the 3rd ICEF, which took place under the theme “Towards a Sustainable Future through Circular Business Practices.” 

Vincent Piket, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam said:

Highlight Quote 1: “The transition from a Linear to a Circular Economy is an important and necessary step forward towards more sustainable development pathways. The Circular Economy has already become a major element in the EUs political, environmental, and economic agenda. In a world with limited natural resources, the transition to a Circular Economy will have to occur in Indonesia too, eventually. We can help to enhance and facilitate this transition, together.”
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‘Rethinking Plastics’ joined the exchanges to provide for example expertise on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) implementation in Germany. Helmut Schmitz, Director of Public Affairs of Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GMbH took part in a session on circular economy in the packaging sector, which was co-hosted by PRAISE, the Packaging and Recycling Alliance for Indonesia Sustainable Environment. In addition, the EU co-hosted a breakout session on Making Fashion Circular.

Read more in the event reports on the website of the ICEF: 

The 3rd ICEF: Stakeholders Commitment to Implement Circular Economy in Indonesia - Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (

ICEF 2019 - Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (