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
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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