Jakarta, 9 March 2020 – Located at CoHive, Plaza Kuningan, Jakarta, Waste4Change signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bekasi City to have a partnership on waste management governance using IT-based technology to support Bekasi smart city. The signing was conducted after the announcement that Waste4Change has obtained investment funds from Agaeti Ventures, East Ventures, and SMDV.
MoU signing between the Mayor of Bekasi City, Dr. Rahmat Effendi (left) and Mohamad Bijaksana Junerosano (right) as the Founder and Managing Director of Waste4Change
The signing ceremony of the collaboration was represented by Dr. Rahmat Effendi as the Mayor of Bekasi City and M. Bijaksana Junerosano as the founder and Managing Director of Waste4Change. This ceremony was also witnessed by Ms. Nani Hendiarti, Deputy of Environment & Forestry Coordination of Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Indonesia, Novrizal Tahar, ST, M.Sc., as the Director of Waste Management of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Indonesia, Dr. Medrilzam as the Director of Environment of the Ministry of National Development Planning Indonesia, Michael Soerijadji as the General Partner of Agaeti Ventures, Maya Tamimi as the Head of the Division of Sustainability & Environment of Unilever Indonesia, and all the invitees and media as the stakeholders of waste management in Indonesia.
MoU signing between the Mayor of Bekasi City, Dr. Rahmat Effendi (right) and Mohamad Bijaksana Junerosano (left) as the Founder and Managing Director of Waste4Change
“We see that the responsible waste management system through the smart city platform technology offered by Waste4Change is a very good start for Bekasi City to achieve a fully integrated waste management system. The existing waste management system and mechanism is very much dependent on the landfill, which later on can cause damage to the surrounding areas and eventually it can become overcapacity. We also support many technologies such as waste-to-energy, biogas and others. However, sometimes those technologies need bigger investment and operational budget. The system brought by Waste4Change can tackle the fundamental problems from improving law enforcement, retribution fee standardizing, waste management information sharing, and up to integration of stakeholder in one platform; That way, Bekasi City can improve their waste management services.,”
explained Rahmat Effendi, Mayor of Bekasi City, regarding the planned collaboration with Waste4Change.
Opening Remarks by Dr. Rahmat Effendi, the Mayor of Bekasi City
The signing ceremony was followed by a talk show titled “Waste Management Solution from Every Stakeholder” which invited the media and 100 stakeholders related to waste management in Indonesia to discuss domestic waste management from various sectors, which are projected to grow along with the increasing Indonesian economy.
Left to Right: Mr. Yayan Yuliana – Head of Bekasi Environmental Department – Mrs. Nani Hendiarti – Deputy of Environment & Forestry Coordination of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment of Indonesia – Mohamad Bijaksana Junerosano – Founder and Managing Director of Waste4Change – Mr.Rahmat Effendi – Mayor of Bekasi City, Mrs. Maya Tamimi – Head of Sustainability & Environment of Unilever Indonesia, and Michael Soerijadji as General Partner of Agaeti Ventures
Based on the data obtained from KLHK (2015), Indonesia produces 175,000 tons of waste every day, which is predicted to accumulate into 71.3 million tons of waste in 2025. Ms Nani Hendiarti, Deputy of Environment & Forestry Coordination of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment of Indonesia who was present as a keynote speaker in the event, revealed the importance of integration between institutions in providing waste management solutions in Indonesia. Ms. Nani also mentioned the support that has been and will be carried out by the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment in handling waste problems in Indonesia
Keynote Speech by Ms Nani Hendiarti, Deputy of Environment & Forestry Coordination of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment of Indonesia
Mr. Novrizal Tahar, ST, M.Sc., as the Director of Waste Management of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia, explained the government policies in waste management in Indonesia. Mr Novrizal also shared one of the targets that had already been set from PERPRES no. 97/2017, JAKSTRANAS (national strategy & policies) on domestic waste & a kind. The targets based on JAKSTRANAS are 30% waste reduction and 70% waste processing by 2025. Dr. Medrilzam as the Director of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning explained the strategy of waste management that will be very much improved when the partnership between government and private sectors is established and integrated.
Talkshow session by Dr. Medrilzam as the Director of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning
The talk was then followed by Mrs. Maya Tamimi, Head of Sustainability & Environment of Unilever Indonesia, who revealed the support of Unilever as one of the big Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies to tackle waste management, especially used-packaging waste. She also showed what Unilever Indonesia has achieved and their target of No-Plastic in 2030. The discussion then continued with Michael Soeridjaji, General Partner of Agaeti Ventures, who showed potential investment opportunities in providing the waste management solutions in Indonesia.
Talkshow Session by Mrs. Maya Tamimi, Head of Sustainability & Environment of Unilever Indonesia
“There are various technologies to process waste, and Indonesia can, in fact, choose one from many. However, I have seen the explanation from UNEP’s Global Waste Management Outlook on Indonesia’s condition right now. It says that we need to focus first on the governance of our waste management which includes the law enforcement, partnership, and most importantly financing. In financing, especially budget allocations, many cities in Indonesia lack funds to manage all of the waste in their city. Therefore, those cities are not in their maximum capacity to give waste management services. With its experience, Waste4Change believes that we can help cities to improve their capacity to manage all of their waste. The improvement of city waste management governance will be supported by IT-based technology, a smart city platform. There are 4 main features of the smart city platform for waste management, including:
- Monitoring law enforcement in waste issues
- Supporting the financing system for upstream-to-downstream waste management purpose
- Delivering waste management socialization and education to the community – following the standards set by the city/district
- Integrating the work of all waste management stakeholders in one platform”,
explained Mohamad Bijaksana Junerosano, Managing Director of PT Wasteforchange Alam Indonesia, before holding a Q&A discussion with the media and all the invitees.