On 14 February 2019, Indonesian resin supplier PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk and the City Government of Cilegon, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the construction of a 10-km-long (six-mile) road in Cilegon, Banten Province, containing a mixture of used plastic bags in its asphalt. The MoU was signed by Erwin Ciputra, President Director of Chandra Asri and Edi Ariadi, Acting Mayor of Cilegon.
This cooperation affirms Chandra Asri’s commitment to supporting the government’s goal to reduce plastic waste in the ocean by 70% by 2025.
Indonesia discharges an estimated 3.22 million tonnes of plastics into its surrounding seas annually, second only behind China with 8.82 million tonnes.
Further, data from scientific journal Nature Communications revealed that four of Indonesia’s rivers – Brantas, Solo, Serayu and Progo – rank among the 20 most polluted rivers in the world.
Chandra Asri will supply 30 tonnes of shredded used plastic bags for the asphalt mixture, with road construction then be implemented by City Government of Cilegon.
According to research by Indonesia’s Ministry of Public Work and Public Housing (PUPR), the plastic road has 40% stronger stability compared to normal roads.