The 2nd Indonesia CEF 2018: Redefining Waste Management

Circular Economy & Waste Management

The topic of the circular economy has been discussed and dissected by experts and practitioners all over the world for the last 5 years—especially on environmental forums. Here’s what makes the concept really applicable to the waste management sector:

Circular economy believes in keeping the resources in use for as long as possible, ensuring the maximum value from them in the end of each cycle, whereas the traditional linear economy is simply collect the resources, use it, and then discard it without integrating the continuous recovering-and-recycling process in every stage of the resources management procedure.

The 2nd Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (CEF) 2018

Supporting the work of implementing the circular economy concept in Indonesia’s diverse sectors—mainly concerning on the waste management process—Waste4Change and partners have organized the 2nd Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (CEF) on June 28-30th, 2018, at Grand City Convex Surabaya. The event was held as a part of Indo Waste 2018 Expo & Forum, was attended by up to 500 participants, and was assisted by experts and practitioners from all related fields which have gladly shared their knowledge and insights on stage.

Following up on the 1st CEF event which also organized by Waste4Change, this year’s CEF proposing “Redefining Waste Management: from Trash to Resources Management” as the main theme.

The 2nd Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (CEF) 2018 was officially opened on June 28th, 2018. The first day of the seminar was filled with the discussion of Indonesian’s vision on waste management with Dr. Ir. Arifin Rudiyanto Msc. as the Head of Bappenas for Marine and Natural Resources and Sinta Kaniawati from Packaging and Recycling Association for Indonesia Sustainable Environment (PRAISE). Herdian Prasetyo from the Indonesia Ministry of Internal Affairs was also present to share his thoughts about the role of law enforcement on the implementation of the circular economy, proceeded by a dialogue on funding possibilities, brought by Andi Pangeran from Filantropi Indonesia.


The discussion on how to tackling plastic marine debris was the main topic for the second day of the 2nd Indonesia CEF 2018. The discussion started with a very interesting talk from Ir. Rezeki Peranginangin as the Head of R&D Center for Policy & Implementation Technology, sharing information about our country’s available technologies in combating plastic marine debris, followed by an overview report on Citarum river case studies by Letnan Jenderal TNI Doni Monardo from the National Defense Council. Achmad Firas Khudi from the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) told the audiences about the chance of multi-stakeholder partnerships on plastic marine debris countermeasures, and Christian Zurbrügg from EAWAG-FORWARD introduced us to the concept of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on waste.



On the third and the last day of the 2nd Indonesia CEF 2018, the participants are provided with the discussion on the issue of food waste. Opened by a speech on sustainable waste management on the residential area from Edward Kusuma, VIDA Bekasi, the forum then explored the importance of responsible food waste management brought by the founder of Garda Pangan Indonesia, Eva Bachtiar. A story about the initiation of the Bring Back Our Bottle program by Rika Anggraini from The Body Shop Indonesia was given at the end of the third day added with a peek to one of Coca Cola Indonesia’s CSR programs from Trijono Prijosoesilo.


The closing day of The 2nd Indonesia CEF 2018 also hosted a special discussion regarding the E-waste Drop Point and Drop Box Effect on E-waste Collection lead by Isnawa Adji, the head of Environmental Agency Jakarta, and a poster presentation from 10 best-selected candidates of the event’s public competition.

Achieving Behavioral Change in Indonesia Waste Management

By arranging a discussion and sharing session with every party involved on the implementation of circular economy, Waste4Change wish to achieve our goal of ensuring behavior change in waste management with collaboration and technology towards zero-waste Indonesia. The 2nd Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (CEF) 2018, however, was materialized by the interest of our fellow organizers, sponsors, speakers, and all the eager participants. Therefore, Waste4change would like to express our thanks to all parties involved in the 2nd Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (CEF) 2018. We will see you at our next movement towards zero-waste Indonesia!

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