93 million. That’s how many straws Indonesians sucks their way through each day. And of the 9,8 billion plastic bags they use every year, almost 95 percent end up as waste.
In Western Indonesia the North Sumatra Provincial Government has therefore decided that it’s time to cope with large amounts of plastic waste, and one or several Swedish investors are prepared to give a helping hand.
The Swedish Energy Agency, Business Sweden and the North Sumatra Provincial Government’s secretary met on 7 August 2019. At the meeting the parties dicussed the expressed interest of Swedish companies to invest in waste management on North Sumatra.
Fuad Hasan, Business Sweden’s consultant, said that “the Swedish company is prepared to work with the North Sumatra Environment Agency in the waste management sector,” reports the news agency Antara News.
Hasan refers to a company, which has previously handled waste management in North Jakarta.
Ms. Sabrina, the North Sumatra Provincial Government’s secretary, also expressed her keenness to work on a sustainable solution with Swedish investors to journalists after the meeting.
“The Swedish investors said North Sumatra has been potentially chosen as their investment destination. We are ready to work with them.”
Ms. Sabrina explained that North Sumatra hopes to convert waste into energy and other products such as fertilizers. Furthermore, the province plans to build a large landfill for waste.