Chandra Asri and Indonesian Associations Partner to Utilize Low-Value Plastic Waste for Asphalt Mix

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PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk (TPIA) has partnered with the Indonesian Plastic Recycling Association (ADUPI) and the Ministry of Public Works and Spatial Planning (PUPR) to utilize low-value plastic waste such as plastic bags as a mixture in asphalt. 

Low-value plastic waste is often not properly managed due to its lightweight and perceived lack of significant economic value. As a result, this low-value waste poses a threat to the environment as it is often simply discarded by the majority of the population.

Edi Rivai, TPIA's Director of Legal, External Affairs, and Circular Economy, stated that low-value plastic waste, as a raw material for asphalt mixtures with certain specifications, can increase its economic value and be sold at higher prices. One important step in implementing this plastic asphalt program is collaboration and active participation of multiple parties to realize it.

"Along with our partners, we continue to build the best supply chain to support the implementation of our plastic asphalt program as one of our circular economy initiatives. This program is also our medium to provide value and encourage the management of low-value plastic waste while helping the government and stakeholders in providing sustainable infrastructure for the community," said Edi in his official statement on Tuesday (2/21).

The use of low-value plastic waste for road paving has already been carried out in several major cities in Indonesia. Based on research by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR), the addition of low-value plastic waste such as plastic bags has been proven to increase road stability by up to 40%.

"One of the areas that has successfully implemented plastic asphalt roads is Garut Regency. Collaborating with Chandra Asri and Yayasan Bakti Barito, the Garut Regency Government is committed to implementing a 50 km plastic asphalt road from 2022 to 2023," he added.

It is worth noting that TPIA first applied plastic asphalt for roads in its own factory in 2018 by collaborating with Aduki members for the supply of plastic scrap raw materials. Since then, Chandra Asri has proactively collaborated with the government, business partners, and other stakeholders to continue the Plastic Asphalt Program for Indonesia.

As of 2022, Chandra Asri and its partners have implemented plastic asphalt along 78.3 km of roads, managing more than 650 tons of plastic waste from TPA," he concluded.

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