Pasuruan is a coastal city located in Java, Indonesia’s fourth largest island. Pasuruan’s ocean plastic leakage levels are extremely high. Today, 95% of the city’s waste is not formally collected, and in some regions of the city this number stretches to close to 100%.

Project STOP’s city partnership, with the support of the regional government of Pasuruan – launched the city partnership last year, focusing on Lekok and Nguling municipalities to create a sustainable, low-cost waste management system that aims to increase collection rates and prevent plastics leakage to the ocean.

The local team is in charge of governance and regulations, behaviour change, material collection, material processing, and organics management. They have worked extensively with Pasuruan leaders to ensure engagement across the community, including: government officials (environmental agency, planning agency, cooperation department, education office, health office, and leadership at subvillage, village, subdistrict, and regency levels), religious leaders, universities, local activists, solid waste companies, and NGOs.

Working with local universities and national waste consultancy SWI, Project STOP has completed three baseline studies:

  • Social mapping to design a community engagement programme that meets the needs of the community.
  • Recycling infrastructure mapping, providing insights into existing waste systems from waste pickers to recycling end users and all steps in between.
  • Waste characterization, showing which waste materials are available and how much value can be extracted.

We are working toward the completion of our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).

Nestlé, along with strategic partners; the Government of Norway, NOVA Chemicals, Borouge, and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, contribute financial support and are leading the project. SYSTEMIQ, which co-founded Project STOP with Borealis, provides strategic guidance and technical oversight, as well as day-to-day project oversight and management.

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