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Pemulung (Phase 3)



Indonesia is facing an increasing challenge in its waste management. The government is tightening regulations and making companies increasingly responsible for collecting waste. Waste pickers are organised in an informal network of Pemulung who work unrecognized and live in difficult conditions with limited access to water, education and health.

Aqua wishes to reduce its carbon footprint, so it uses rPET in its bottles and it aims to support the recycling industry.


With the support of Danone Ecosystem Fund, Danone Indonesia (Aqua) and its local partner Reksa Buana Utama co-created the “Pemulung Tangerang Pilot” in Indonesia. This model recycling unit employs and is run by waste pickers (Pemulung) and their families with three objectives – improve waste collection efficiency to generate more income, provide health services in collaboration with the government, and provide a safe working environment for the Pemulung.



This project empowers waste pickers’ families, increases their monthly income and improves their living and working conditions. They gain support and easier access to state health services.

Danone Indonesia secures part of its rPET supply from this pilot Recycling Business Unit and Aqua’s reputation as a responsible corporation is strengthened. 

General Interest
This project contributes to developing a sustainable waste collection model in Indonesia and to environmental protection.