Related to this award, the Minister of Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar said "Even though the challenges in waste management are getting heavier going forward, but I am still optimistic we will be able to face and overcome them. That optimism continues to grow, because we have done a lot with quite positive results. And I know exactly that community support is getting stronger from year to year. Therefore, in handling waste for Indonesia, among the countries in the world, the role of the community is quite prominent. On the other hand, steps and efforts in structuring policies and regulations continue to be developed to meet the needs of the community and the dynamics of waste and environmental issues.”
Minister Siti Nurbaya also thanked and appreciated the proactive and concrete steps that have been taken by award recipients to reduce waste from their business activities as well as concrete steps on waste reduction road maps by producers as stipulated in ministerial regulation 75/2019. This is an important benchmark for producers that environmental regulations do not have to be obstacles for the business sector. Business activities that always maintain environmental harmony and sustainability are the business of the future.
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In her speech while receiving the award, President Director of PT. Tirta Investama (Danone-AQUA), Corine Tap appreciated the government of Indonesia who has encouraged and recognized the private sector to continue innovating in managing its packaging waste. “We are very proud that this is the third times for our company received the award, in managing & reduction our waste we collaborate with various parties. Therefore, I would like to dedicate this year award to our partner in education, collection and recycling stream, most important to the waste pickers who always be in the very front line of this effort. I hope through this award, DANONE-AQUA will continue to innovate and find ways to manage and reduce our packaging waste, recover more packaging than we use in 2025 at the same time to promote inclusiveness model together with our waste pickers, waste bank and TPS3R,” said Corine.
Since 1983 Danone-AQUA has introduced drinking water in containers that can be reused and recycled. With the gallon model, 70% of the Danone-AQUA business has been completely circular. Later in 1993, Danone-AQUA pioneered the first recycling program "AQUA Peduli". Currently, Danone-AQUA has been able to collect 12,000 tonnes of plastic annually through six business units of recycling in various cities in Indonesia.
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Since 2018, Danone-AQUA launched the #BijakBerplastik movement which focuses on three commitments to tackle the plastic waste problem in Indonesia, namely the development of waste collection infrastructure, education related to waste management, and product packaging innovations. Danone-AQUA also encourages innovative solutions based on collaboration to deal with plastic waste problems in Indonesia, so as to support the Government's efforts to reduce 70% of plastic waste in the ocean in 2025.
"We are targeting in the year 2025 we can achieve our ambition to collect more plastics than we use, making sure our entire packaging can be recycled, as well as increasing the proportion of our recycled content in our bottles to 50%, ” Corine added.
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This award is given in commemoration of World Environment Day as well as part of the Indonesian government's efforts to stimulate waste reduction initiatives by producers. On this occasion, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) gave awards to four companies that were deemed responsible and innovatively carried out various waste management initiatives. The award was handed over to PT. Tirta Investama (Danone-AQUA) in the category of waste reduction performance, as well as to PT. Rekso Nasional Food (Mc Donald), PT. Fast Food Indonesia (KFC), and PT. Sari Rasa Nusantara (Sate Khas Senayan) in the category of waste reduction initiatives. (E2/*)/Rls).