Updated Introduction Indonesian Waste Platform & International Waste Platform

Indonesian Waste Platform

Catalysing solutions for waste through national & international collaboration, innovation, and education


 Societal change is needed to prevent and reduce the growth in the amount of solid waste entering the sea. Indonesian Waste Platform was founded in 2015 to support this societal change. This national independent network catalyses social change, promotes and facilitates collaboration, making it possible for government, business and civil society to work together rather than in silos to design solutions and deliver against Indonesia’s National Plan of Action on Marine Debris. Indonesian Waste Platform is an association registered in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Our core activities are organized at a local, national, regional and global level :

  • Bridging stakeholders – connect top-down to bottom-up
  • Promoting co-ownership of the (plastic) pollution problem
  • Capacity building stakeholders
  • News sharing
  • Creating independent and co-owned meeting point for news sharing and constructive discussions – via FB forum
  • Promoting and facilitating (uncommon) collaborations
  • International collaboration
  • Creating (international) overview
  • Promoting inclusion of environmental education in national curricula
  • National & International data collection


Indonesian Waste Platform concepts and initiatives


  1. Fostering connectivity2800+ active members on our Facebook page contributing 300+ posts per month sharing news and documents, making new connections, and answering questions peer-to-peer.


  1. Environmental education Green Indonesia and waste bank development in schools across Indonesia

IWP’s team have been delivering education programmes since 2013, having translated, published, and distributed a leading waste textbook for children. Already, we have worked with 180 teachers across Flores and Komodo islands in a “train-the-trainers” model to bring this curriculum to dozens of schools. Our trainers would be glad to assist with other projects across Indonesia, if travel expenses could be covered by the host organisations. We plan a Training of Trainer for 10 regions to take place in Jakarta (November 2018)

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIe1OeVTfkw&feature=youtu.be

Webpage: https://green-indonesian.org/

We developed the concept of School Waste Banks and combine the educational component to include developing in-school recycling centres: waste banks that reward children with points for collecting recyclables from their community and families, whilst raising money for the school. The two pilot schools continue to run successful waste banks with impact far beyond the school’s direct waste, and we will now scale up this approach as a vital solution for the significant challenge of rural waste.


  1. Education on Riverine Waste

Riverine Waste is a major source of ocean pollution. So far no other organization has addressed the topic of structural Riverine Waste education . With approval of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research we have translated Plastic Pirates learning materials and planning pilot program to Indonesian High Schools.


  1. Collaboration with Indonesian Plastic Recycling Association and Indonesian Packaging Federation on increasing Indonesian recycling rates

Research, communications and publication of Plastic Recycling & Recyclability –

Indonesian recycling sector perspective https://drive.google.com/file/d/11qnX8z0xBb8X_xTCEfiXQuA7V8Elx3vQ/view


  1. Initiated working group Label Standardization


  1. Individually link existing efforts, to share learnings, avoid duplication, and accelerate impact by building synergistic relationships that would not otherwise have occurred
  2. Initiated the dialogue between E-commerce sector, Indonesian Packaging Federation and Indonesian Plastic Recycling Association top address the topic of reducing packaging.
  3. Peer-to-Peer Capacity Building Program – identifying skilled and motivated stakeholders in remote regions and facilitate them to learn from best-practices on Bali – knowledge exchange
  4. Survey development – citizen science, knowledge sharing, enhancing stakeholder awareness and engagement, national (and international) data collection – links can be found in annex
  5. Capacity building events – symposia
  6. Green Campus


Who we are at Indonesian Waste Platform

Indonesian Waste Platform is an Indonesian association registered in Jakarta. Indonesian Waste Platform is coordinated by a team of four:


   Nina Van Toulon is the Founder and Director of Indonesian Waste Platform. Nina brings her own experience as a business owner and entrepreneur, and a ten-year track record of network-building and event management in Indonesia’s waste sector.

Marta Muslin is the coordinator for East Nusa Tenggara. Marta has a ten- year track record of Solid Waste Management capacity building, community development and company management.

   Fenti Susanti is our stakeholder liason in Jakarta. Fenti brings her academic background in Forestry, Agriculture and Environment from Bogor University.                

   Muriel Ydo is the coordinator on Bali. Muriel brings her expertise on responsible tourism development and waste management, developed over thirty years of working and living in Indonesia.


Our Advisory Board members:

  • Safri Burhanuddin, Deputy Minister for Human Resources, Sciences and Technologies and Maritime Culture, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Resources
  • Y.W. Junardy, President Commissioner Rajawali Corporation & President Global Compact Network Indonesia
  • Josephine Satyono, Executive Director Global Compact Network Indonesia
  • Sapta Putra Ginting MSc, PhD.  National Coordinator Coastal Community Development CCDP IFAD – Ministry Marine & Fisheries
  • Drs. Heru Waluyo , Director for Coastal and Sea Pollution and Degradation Control – Ministry of Environment and Forestry
  • Henky Wibawa – Chairman Indonesian Packaging Federation
  • Tuti Hendrawati, Special Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Forestry
  • Gijsbert Tweehuysen, Packaging, Life Cycle Analyses, Waste Management options and Blockchain application
  • Christine Halim, Chairwoman of ADUPI (Asosiasi Daur Ulang Plastic Indonesia – Indonesia Plastic Recycling Association)
  • Willy Tandiyo, Governing Board member of ADUPI (Indonesian Plastic Recycling Association)
 and CEO of PT Pradha Karya Perkasa, Mojokerto.
  • Gijsbert Tweehuysen – founder at Waste Free Waters, Riverine Litter
  • Musyarafah Machmud, MA, GBBS Team
  • Benjamin Kahn, Director APEX Environmental Coral Triangle Oceanic Cetacean Program, IUCN Species Survival Commission – Cetacean Specialist Group, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
  • Joi Danielson, Program Director, Ocean Plastic Asia SYSTEMIQ; Technical Advisor, Vital Ocean Indonesia
  • Sumengen Sutomo, Senior lecturer at the Faculty of Public Health at University of Indonesia, Environmental Health Sciences (Environmental Health Management, Water Quality)
  • Charlotte Verburg, MSc, Monitoring & Modelling, University of Twente
  • Dr. Amaranila Lalita Drijono, Dermatologist graduated from University of Indonesia, the founder of GEMASS (Gerakan Makan Sehat Anak Sekolah) Indonesia & MataCinta Eco Conscious Living.
  • Basja Jantowski, Independent Consultant Sustainable Development Jantowski Consulting – consultant for World Resources Institute and Global Agribusiness Alliance on a scoping for a Public-Private Partnership on Efficiency of the Food System as part of the Food and Land-Use Coalition program in Indonesia (Food Loss and Food Waste)
  • Jane Fischer, Independent Consultant Sustainability – with a focus on bio-based, biodegradable, oxo-degradable, compostable packaging materials
  • Akbar Tahir, Full Professor in Ecotoxicology and Marine Pollution at Universitas Hasanuddin, Ecotoxicology and Marine Pollution

Indonesian Waste Platform is founding member of International Waste Platform

International Waste Platform was established in March 2018.

During the 6th International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego in 2018, different country (marine debris) networks from various parts of the world presented their activities, achievements and challenges. This led to network representatives agreeing to collaborate as members of an International Waste Platform. This platform aims to harmonize objectives, create an overview of global initiatives and actions, share knowledge, join forces and support new country networks to emerge.

International Waste Platform was initiated by network representatives from: Indonesia, Portugal, Australia, Africa (regional), USA, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Taiwan and Ghana. Stakeholders from Philippines, Timor-Leste, Nigeria, Vietnam, Malaysia, Kenya, Russia, Greece, Norway, Japan, and India joined through follow-up communications. A common platform like the International Waste Platform helps to improve approaches of existing and emerging networks in regard to their structure, vision, scope and activities. Members committed themselves to harmonize objectives, to support the implementation of strategies of Ocean Action, Climate Action and UNEP Clean Seas and share best practices, concepts, programs, knowledge and opportunities, including mitigating plastic debris at its source, before it enters the rivers and coasts. Furthermore, the networks have submitted a joint Voluntary Commitment at the United Nations Communities of Ocean Action https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/?id=26660

The members of International Waste Platform support the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular SDG 17 – the establishment of national and international partnerships.

In order to provide an overview on efforts of each national and regional network, a website will be launched by mid-2019. The website will function as a source of information about each connected network, including libraries of available research and learning materials, best practices and information such as connections to available and relevant recycling sectors. Below illustration shows all members who joined the International Waste Platform to date (status: November 2018).

Impactful actions at International Waste Platform

  1. International data collection – surveys, based on citizen science. The impact of our surveys is multi-fold: international data collection, stakeholder / consumer capacity building, stakeholder / consumer engagement, increasing awareness, creating co-ownership. All surveys revolve around international data collection, citizen science and all results will be published as open access. All surveys contribute to creating an international overview. All surveys are co-owned by contributors. Our current surveys (in English, Bahasa Indonesia, Spanish, Russian)
  • Waste from E-commerce packaging
  • Waste Management Facilities in ports
  • Renewable, Bio-Based, Biodegradable, Compostable and Oxo-Degradable materials in packaging & single-use items
  • Funding needs for Ocean Action  – Links to the surveys can be found in Annex.


  1. Development of Marine Debris Tracker country specific & translated lists

IWP is working with NOAA and Jenna Jambeck to create an Indonesia-specific list to track marine debris, working across the numerous stakeholders who engage in monitoring across the country.  We initiated this collaboration to respond to the urgent need for data collection on land-based, riverine and marine-based waste in environment. We radiate this work to other country hubs via the International Waste Platform. The country hubs in Russia, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Vietnam and Nigeria list on Marine Debris Tracker. Other country hubs developed their individual tracking App (Australia) or have been submitting their data to other data bases (Portugal). At International Waste Platform we promote synergy in data collection.

      3. Fostering connectivity – via Facebook discussion forum, direct contacts and communications via other  media.


 Annex Links to surveys