A special feature examines how Project STOP is helping a community to take action on plastic waste.
“We think of our work as more than just about money,” explains Nungki Rosalina. “We consider it an act of worship.” In 2018, less than 10% of her community of Muncar had access to refuse facilities. Now, Nungki is one of the administrators running the town’s material recovery and waste collection services, set up by Project STOP, founded by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ in 2017.
In a partner feature with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, National Geographic magazine looks at how and why Project STOP’s community approach has worked, and considers the challenge of scaling up management, recovery and recycling for cities around Indonesia.
The article quotes Joi Danielson, SYSTEMIQ’s Program Director, Ocean Plastics Asia, on the next steps in Muncar: “We are on track to collect 100 percent of the town’s waste by early 2021. That should prevent more than 10,000 tons of plastic from leaking to the ocean over five years.”
Photo: Ulet Ifansasti for Project STOP