Where does all your company’s waste go?
Has your company been managing its waste in accordance with the applicable law as well as the right procedures of preserving the environment?
The Global Waste Emergency
The amount of waste that humans produce is estimated to be 2.12 billion tons every year. World Bank predicts that by 2050, this figure will increase up to 70%, in which waste generation will reach 3.4 billion tons, surpassing the population growth itself. Furthermore, World Bank also highlights that the greatest increase in waste generation lies in two regions: South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In South Asia, the amount of waste is estimated to doubled whereas in Sub-Saharan Africa the number will tripled.
In addition, a study that was published one year ago in a journal called Science Advances states that as much as 8.3 billion metric tons have been produced since the year 1950. What is more surprising is that only 9% of it are recycled. Around 79% of those plastics end up in either landfills or even the ocean. This massive amount of waste will exacerbate other environmental problems such as climate change. This is because 2.2 million tons of greenhouse gas are released from landfills and dumping grounds alone.
If no immediate action is taken to counter this waste problem, our environment will not be the only one to suffer. Ultimately, global waste problem will affect millions of people, be it in the form of health issues, productivity, and livelihood.
Circular Economy: A New Trend in Industrial World
Waste is often considered as a final product with zero usability. However, in a circular economy era, waste should no longer be underestimated. Unlike the linear economy system, which tends to accumulate products that are no longer used in landfills, circular economy favors the reuse of materials that can be reprocessed into either the same of different products.
This concept of circular economy that was first introduced by Ellen MacArthur Foundation is considered to be the most suitable with the current environmental conditions. It has also been applied by world’s biggest brands such as Coca Cola with its A World Without Waste program, which aims to create 100% recyclable products in 2025. Moreover, Dell is currently developing a project with the purpose of recovering approximately 910 million kilograms of electronic waste in 2020.
The Role of World’s Biggest Brands in Waste Management
With rising attention towards the global waste problem as well as the increasing trend of circular economy within the industrial world, some of the world’s biggest brands have started evaluating their policies and practices in terms of the amount of waste that are being generated. Nestle, for example, has a vision that none of their packaging, including plastics, should end up in landfill or as litter. Furthermore, Nestle’s global ambition is to make their packaging to be either 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025.
Another example is from the brand L’OREAL. As one of the biggest cosmetics producer in the world, L’OREAL established a program called Sharing Beauty with All back in 2013. Through this global program, L’OREAL commits in reducing 60% of the waste that are generated from their plants and distribution centres by 2020. Moreover, L’OREAL tries to carry out their commitment using three main methods, which are to produce less waste from the source, to recover residual waste that are unavoidable, as well as to promote the circular economy.
Is Your Company’s Waste Management System Ideal Enough?
The DKI Jakarta Regional Regulation No. 3 year 2013 regarding Waste Management states that the area’s administrator or the person in charge of an activity and/or business and residential, commercial, industrial areas who, intentionally, do not perform a proper waste management as set by the government, or in other case being negligent, will receive a sanction of at least Rp 50.000.000,00 (fifty million rupiah).
Whereas regulation regarding toxic and hazardous waste is listed under the Government Regulation No. 101/2014, and violations of the said regulation can result in termination, transferring, or suspension of the waste management permit.
The Indonesian Government itself has established a National Policy and Strategy regarding Waste Management on October 23rd 2017. The content of the said Presidential Decree No.97/2017 focuses on reducing waste from the source by 30% as well as increasing the recycling rate by 70%. These goals are expected to be attained by 2025.
Is your business ready to support the goal of Indonesia Bersih Sampah 2025 (Zero Waste Indonesia)?
Zero Waste to Landfill: Your Company’s Waste Will Not End Up in Landfills
The Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWTL) program from Waste4Change prevents your company’s waste from ending up in landfills. We will processed the organic waste into compost using Black Black Soldier Flies (BSF) method, whereas the recycling process for inorganic waste will be optimized. Moreover, waste that are difficult to be recycled will be processed using geocycle technique to prevent it from accumulating in landfills.
Besides the ZWTL program that provides a responsible management service for your waste, Waste4Change also offers waste management training service for cleaning operator, as well as a feasibility study to find out about your company’s waste percentage along with the recommended strategies to improve your company’s waste management.
Clients who have been using our Zero Waste to Landfill service are L’OREAL Jakarta, World Bank Jakarta, Ruang Selatan café, and Potato Head Restaurant in Jakarta.
Interested in finding out more about the ZWTL (Zero-Waste to Landfill) program from Waste4Change?