Thejakartatimes – Indonesia as a developing country with a population of about 250 million people became one of the largest electronic waste producers in the world. Efforts to manage domestic electronic waste by private parties with the government still face problems.

A number of environmental conservation experts are holding an international meeting held in Jakarta from 2 to 6 October 2017, aimed at finding solutions in electronic waste management management initiated by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) in collaboration with United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) between agencies and governments in the handling of electronic waste in a number of developing countries.

KLHK and USEPA together with the Taiwan Environmental Protection Agency (EPAT) discussed a number of electronic waste issues. This year’s theme is “Brown to Gold” followed by representatives from USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Filipino, Germany, Cambodia, Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia as the host.

Tuti Hendrawati Mintarsih Director General of Waste Management and B3 Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), “Conveying the issue of electronic waste has always been a major problem in developing countries. This is because Indonesia and other developing countries do not have complete facilities to manage electronic waste, “he explained.

According to him Indonesia must learn to developed countries about handling electronic waste. Developed countries are not only collecting components from electronic waste, but also managing them to be recycled into value-added metals.

International Journal of Environmental Science and Development noted in 2015 mobile phones produced in Indonesia reached 4,375 tons per year. The electronic waste is only about 3,176 tons per year. Whereas if it is well and seriously treated, 1 ton of electronic waste can produce approximately 1.44 kg of gold, silver, and other metals.

The actual electronic waste can be managed by investors in order to get more value like the content required by the national manufacturing industry.

Private Waste Management

A number of environmental conservation experts from several countries was holding an international meeting held in Jakarta, a working visit to
one of the electronic waste management companies in Indonesia PT Mukti Mandiri Lestari located in Delta Cikarang, Bekasi District, a company that focuses on managing B3 and Non B3 waste, recycle recycling and electronic waste processing.

Established since 1997 and has more than 20 years experience in waste management from various manufacturing industries in Indonesia. Having a vision on sustainable environmental conservation, as well as being a pioneer in the implementation of management of international best-quality management (Integreted Waste Management Solution).

PT Mukti Mandiri Lestari currently has a number of legality and licenses issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, pocketed the ISO 9001: 2013 standard management certificate, as well as the ISO 14001 environmental management standard from the TUV world certification body. As a commitment from the top management of PT Mukti Mandiri Lestari for the preservation of the Indonesian environment.

President Director of PT Mukti Mandiri Lestari, Wawan Budiawan states as a company engaged in electronic waste management MML is active in the “Bassel Convention”, an international association of waste management from around the world. Active as various seminars initiated by Faculty of Civil and Environmental Planning Bandung Institute of Technology themed “Challenges and Strategies of Electronic Waste Management in Indonesia”.

Host a working visit of a number of business and trade associations and government agencies at home and abroad as a joint effort to manage waste management, such as Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Taiwan Environmental Protection Agency (EPAT) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

Besides that, PT Mikti Mandiri Lestari also performs Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or its social responsibility to the surrounding community, especially the education field for elementary and junior high school students of math and English subject every Saturday and Sunday, Participates in preservation of dance culture and culture songs of Sunda, West Java, recitation for orphans every Friday, as well as donations on religious holidays. (Thejakartatimes/Jay)

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