Project STOP celebrates major milestones achieved to stop waste leaking to the environment by creating a more circular waste management system in Indonesia

At the end of 2021, Project STOP has created social and environmental impact in three cities in Indonesia and is now ready to scale-up to the entire region of Banyuwangi.

  • By the end of 2021, Project STOP provided waste collection to more than 260,000 people, created 226 jobs, and collected more than 20,000 tonnes of waste (around 2,350 tonnes of plastic) and built five waste sorting facilities since project inception.
  • Operating in three cities, the first city partnership in Muncar was handed over to the local government and its community in February 2022.
  • Now, the project scope is being expanded across the entire Banyuwangi Regency in East Java.

Project STOP is celebrating the achievement of an important milestone: Since its start in 2017 until the end of 2021, the programme has brought more circular and reliable waste management services to more than 260,000 people in three cities in Indonesia (many receiving waste collection for the first time ever), built five waste processing facilities, and contributed to permanently preventing more than 20,000 tonnes of waste (including 2,350 tonnes of plastic) from leaking into the environment.

Operating in three cities, Muncar and Pasuruan in East Java and Jembrana in Bali, the Muncar programme was handed over to the local government and its community in February 2022, followed by the launch of its expansion over the entire Banyuwangi Regency, East Java.

Co-founded in 2017 by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, Project STOP works in city-partnerships, to create sustainable circular waste management systems, and drives the transformations towards circular economy. The programme follows a “system-enabler” approach whereby it designs and implements reliable, low-cost waste collection services, builds waste sortation facilities to sort recyclable materials, sales of recyclables and runs behaviour change and clean-up campaigns in the communities where it operates. Moreover, the team engages with local stakeholders to improve the waste system governance, inform local policy regulation, and builds institutional capacity building.

This impact was made possible thanks to the invaluable support of the national and local government agencies, including the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, the Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, the Banyuwangi Government, the Pasuruan Government and the Jembrana Government, including the environmental agencies of Muncar, Pasuruan and Jembrana.

Borealis and SYSTEMIQ express their gratitude also to its strategic partners, who contributed to this achievement, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NOVA Chemicals, Borouge, Nestlé, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and Siegwerk as well as its supporting and technical partners, Veolia, Schwarz and Hewlett-Packard.

Written by Dominy Jones