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informal plastic collection innovation challenge (IPCIC)


The 2021 Informal Plastic Collection Innovation Challenge (IPCIC) team proudly announces eleven partnerships formed during the program:

  • Duitin - Griya Luhu: Connecting Duitin waste pickers to Griya Luhu waste banks

  • Duitin - LPBI NU: Waste management for LPBI NU communities and incentives will be donated back to the mosques

  • Duitin - Sampangan - Softex Kimberly Clark: Management of diaper waste and sanitary pads

  • Duitin - The Kabadiwala: Collaboration to improve waste collection technology

  • Duitin - Unilever Foundry: Digitalization of waste banks in Java-Bali region

  • Empower - Geledek: Creating waste collection ecosystem by including traceability and transparency

  • Griya Luhu - Surabaya Central Waste Bank: Digitizing the operational system of the Surabaya Central Waste Bank via Griya Luhu App

  • Octopus - Prof. Enri Damanhuri (ITB): Prof. Enri Damanhuri joins Octopus advisory board

  • Rekosistem - Aqua: New rebox (reverse vending machine) installation through sponsorship from Aqua to collect more plastic bottles from consumers

  • Rekosistem - Surabaya Central Waste Bank - Robries: Collaboration for plastic waste collection, sorting, and recycling

  • Rekosistem - Gojek: Responsible waste pickup services for Gojek’s cloud kitchen


Over 52 corporate representatives, capital providers, and organisations also attended the IPCIC Showcase Fest, a three-day long virtual pitching event (20 - 22 October) held to close the program. 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


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).

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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