Price of Products Recycle More Expensive, Plastic Recycler: Not only in Indonesia, but also in Europe
Reporting from the Plastic Recycling Update in 2020, “Indonesia's economic viability is still limited, leaving companies with little incentive to make a meaningful contribution to the plastic recycling supply chain”.
In addition, Willy hopes that the government will provide support for the industrial sector by lowering the VAT price charged to plastic recyclers. Because the price of VAT is high and uneven, causing an imbalance with the cost benefits obtained, it can kill this industry. “The government should not apply enforcement unevenly. The imposition of VAT is applied from the bottom (read: collectors/grinders) but conditions do not allow paying taxes so it is thrown to the top actors (read: processors/producers)” explained Willy ending the sharing session with the ADUPI Institution.
Maintaining the industry that is run is not just looking for cost benefits . But also pay attention to the availability of job opportunities around industrial areas. "Many companies are reducing their employees due to declining sales turnover, so if the companies can continue to operate, at least the unemployment rate will not increase in times like this," said Willy, who also serves as ADUPI coach.
"Recycling plastic is not an easy matter, what needs to be considered is the issue of purity so that it is 100% safe from contaminants, both from other types of plastic or also from something that was attached to the previous plastic". This is so that the resulting product meets the established standards. "In the manufacture of recycled plastic products, especially those that will be used to package food, must meet standards, food contact requirements" he added.
Willy also reminded that recycling plastic must pay attention to the processing of B3 waste so as not to pollute the environment around industrial areas. "Technically, B3 waste treatment cannot be just thrown away, it must go through long stages in terms of water concentration and the remaining slurry from washing should not be disposed of carelessly," concluded the middle-aged man.