Mojokerto – Almost all sectors have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including plastic. The pandemic period, which began in 2020, has greatly reduced the turnover of MSME actors, because the existing situation is focused on preventing the transmission of healthy people and healing sick people. "So it is very, very hard for the industry, especially those that can't be operational," said Willy Tandiyo, one of the perpetrators of recycling plastic waste.
Willy explained that basically, very few plastic recycling industries have capital power. "A lot of them depend on bank loans, cooperative loans, where the interest on these loans must be paid regularly". Even though the company is experiencing financial problems, and many are losing money. So that the company can continue to operate, it should have an output product or a finished product. "There are 2 (two) groups in the plastic recycling industry in Indonesia, namely those that are export-oriented and those who are able to produce finished products," added one of the owners of the plastic recycling business.
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.