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ipc innovation challenge


The 2021 Informal Plastic Collection Innovation Challenge (IPCIC) is close to its finale. The cohort of 12 local and international innovators have undergone three months of training, mentorship, and partnership building to scale their solutions in improving the informal waste sector in Indonesia. They are ready to demonstrate their innovative solutions through the “IPCIC Showcase Fest”, a virtual pitching event, which will take place from 20 to 22 October 2021 (3.30 PM Jakarta Time daily). The innovators have been categorized into three solution areas:


20 October | Plastic supply and demand: Platforms to connect plastic supply and demand, between plastic waste generators and recycling companies - featuring Duitin, Griya Luhu, Octopus, Rekosistem, The Kabadiwala


21 October | Traceability and Plastic Credit: Platforms to trace feedstock sources and ethical practices across the supply chain and entities that collect plastic waste, recycle and sell it as plastic credits - featuring Empower, Kabadiwala Connect, Plastic Bank, Second Life, Seven Clean Seas


22 October | Advanced Recycling Technology and Supporting Innovation: Advanced technology that supports innovation in the plastic recycling process - featuring NEPRA, Trashcon


Come join and learn more about how the innovators’ solutions are building effective waste collection systems and how they are creating improved conditions for informal workers. You can also play your part! Investment and partnership opportunities will help to scale these promising solutions, so let’s work together and create a better future for the informal waste sector in Indonesia. Register now to participate in the sessions.


Most of Indonesia’s recycled plastic is collected by the informal sector (waste pickers, junk shops, aggregators).

They are collecting 1 million tonnes of plastic per year which they source directly from residential areas - from collected waste in transit to landfill, and from landfills themselves. Yet, their critical role is still unrecognized. The informal waste workers are underpaid, and the lack of transparency within the supply chain makes it difficult to ensure ethical practices. By integrating the informal sector into formal systems, we can eliminate unfair and unsafe working conditions, improve livelihoods for informal workers, and contribute to the Indonesia National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP) Multistakeholder Action Plan goal of doubling Indonesia’s waste collection and recycling capacity.

IPCIC is jointly developed and implemented by a range of stakeholders: The Indonesia National Plastic Action Partnership, The World Economic Forum, UpLink, and the Ocean Plastic Prevention Accelerator, a social innovation ecosystem builder supported by The Incubation Network, a regional initiative powered by SecondMuse, The Circulate Initiative (TCI) with support from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), and Global Affairs Canada (GAC).


After reviewing 78 applications, the IPCIC team is proud to announce the 12 selected innovators:







IPCIC asks innovators to contribute to the following 3 challenge areas, which have been identified through a collaborative process involving NPAP members and key Indonesian waste management stakeholders:

















  • Partnership building and mentorship from major Indonesian waste management stakeholders

  • Training and workshops customized to solution acceleration needs

  • Introductions to capital providers to scale solutions

  • Opportunity to win monetary grants at the end of the program



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