West Java’ government and British-based company, Plastic Energy, has agreed to build a plastic waste processing plant into biodiesel in early 2020 with a project investment value of US$214.3 million. The project is the first in Southeast Asia.

The agreement was signed by West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil and CEO of Plastic Energy Carlos Monreal in London, England, on Monday (July 22). The meeting was also attended by the Mayor of Bogor Bima Arya and several regional officials and West Java-based entrepreneurs.

Governor Kamil is targeting the assessment until the licensing process is completed later this year, so that construction can begin in January 2020. The acceleration of the development will be the solution to the problem of plastic waste that has been complained by the public, especially pollution of the Citarum River and the sea.

Furthermore, Kamil explained, there are five regions that will be built to process plastic waste into biodiesel, namely Bogor, Bandung Raya, Bekasi, Tasik (East Priangan), and Cirebon. The investment value of each location reaches US$45 million.

As a stage, it will first build in Bogor and Greater Bandung. In Bogor, the factory construction site will be in the Galuga area of ​​20 hectares, while in Bandung Raya the development will be in the Gedebage area of ​​around 10 hectares.

Kamil explained, there were two ways of delivering plastic waste to Plastic Energy, namely pure plastic waste and two mixed waste which would be sorted by Plastic Energy. Of the 1,000 tons of garbage, about 100 tons of plastic waste is taken.