Project STOP marks further major milestones in 2023 and makes significant progress in the Project STOP Banyuwangi Hijau expansion program

As a co-founder of Project STOP, Borealis commits the full funding of the next phase of Project STOP Banyuwangi Hijau

  • Project STOP has significantly impacted three Indonesian locations to date, including the implementation launch of the scale-up program Project STOP Banyuwangi Hijau
  • From inception until the end of 2023, Project STOP has provided waste collection to almost 400,000 people, created close to 300 full-time jobs in the waste sector, and collected more than 60,000 metric tons of waste (of which nearly 9,000 metric tons of plastic)
  • City programs in Pasuruan and Jembrana were successfully handed over to local units of governance
  • In September 2023, Project STOP opened a new material recovery facility (MRF) with a daily processing capacity of 84 metric tons of waste per shift. This facility, located in Songgon Municipality, Banyuwangi, East Java, has started collecting and sorting waste from local households and is already providing access to waste services to more than 13,500 individuals in 12 villages

Reflecting on the year 2023, Project STOP, co-founded by Borealis and Systemiq, has already marked major milestones and made significant impacts. From the inception of Project STOP to the end of December 2023, around 400,000 individuals gained access to comprehensive waste services through Project STOP. Many of these individuals are now using formal waste collection services for the first time, which is an important step in improving community well-being and environmental sustainability.

Project STOP Pasuruan Waste Collection
Project STOP Pasuruan Waste Collection © Project STOP

Since its inception in 2017, Project STOP, hand-in-hand with its governmental and non-governmental partners, has created almost 300 full-time jobs across all Project STOP locations. These jobs, which support the local economies, vary from waste collection and material sorting to waste system management and administrative roles.

Furthermore, more than 60,000 metric tons of waste, including nearly 9,000 metric tons of plastic, have been successfully collected through Project STOP as of December 2023. This not only stops pollution from entering the environment, but it also shows the program’s direct, tangible contributions to responsible waste management.

Project STOP Waste Sorting
Project STOP Waste Sorting © Project STOP

Project STOP’s ‘system enabler’ approach entails building the waste management system together with governments at the local level over several years, then stepping back so that the local units of governance can fully operate their own systems. In 2023, Project STOP handed over operations in its second and third cities – Pasuruan and Jembrana – after nearly four years operating on the ground in each location. While Project STOP continues to provide light-touch support to past locations on an as-needed basis, these handovers closed the first phase of Project STOP’s work, which focused on creating programs at a sub-regency level.

The Project STOP scale-up program, Project STOP Banyuwangi Hijau, in the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java, is focusing on the full regency level and shifted into implementation mode by opening a large-scale materials recovery facility (MRF) and launching initial service rollouts. Only three months after its inauguration in September 2023, the facility is already providing access to waste services to more than 13,500 individuals in 12 villages. 

The program has built upon a long-standing strategic partnership with the Banyuwangi government, a collaboration highlighted by the direct backing of Ipuk Fiestiandani, the Banyuwangi Regent. She has emphasized the ongoing global waste issue and stressed the imperative need for cooperation among stakeholders to prevent environmental waste leakage. Ipuk has expressed Banyuwangi Regency’s commitment to Project STOP Banyuwangi Hijau, striving for tangible improvements in both environmental health and the well-being of Banyuwangi residents.

“We are very proud to further extend our commitment to Project STOP, striving to provide Indonesia’s first Regency-wide waste management system, enabling access to sustainable waste collection to all residents in Banyuwangi—fully true to our purpose of reinventing essentials for sustainable living,” says Thomas Gangl, Borealis CEO. “Borealis will fully finance the construction of a second material recovery facility under the Project STOP Banyuwangi Hijau expansion and the roll-out of waste services to an additional 250,000 people in the region,” he further adds.

The success of Project STOP can be largely attributed to its meaningful collaborations and close relationships with various Indonesian government bodies, including the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs (CMMAI), the National Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) and the Banyuwangi regency government.

Project STOP impact figures since inception
Project STOP impact figures since inception © Project STOP

Ultimately, the Project STOP partners are aiming to provide waste collection services to 2 million people, creating over 1,000 jobs and collecting 230,000 metric tons of waste annually, including 25,000 metric tons of plastic. 

As noted by Ben Dixon, Partner, Systemiq, “These achievements were only possible through the work of our visionary partners, notably including the government of Indonesia and our strategic partners from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. We are proud of Project STOP’s accomplishments to date and hope that our efforts can help inspire ever broadening impacts in the future.”

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Borealis, press release, 2024-03-20.


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