The “Merah Putih” (Red and White) waste-to-energy plant (PLTSa) in Bantargebang, Bekasi, has officially operated after an inauguration ceremony on March 25. The event was led by coordinating minister for maritime affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, research, technology and higher education minister Mohamad Nasir and chairman of agency for assessment and application of technology (BPPT) Hammam Riza.

Nasir said he hoped that waste-to-energy plants could become a solution for waste management nationwide, in particular in Indonesian major cities. Jakarta alone generates 8,000 tons of waste every day while neighboring Bekasi’s tops 1,800 tons per day.

Nasir said: “This Red and White PLTSa in Bantargebang is a pilot project which can process 100 tons of waste per day. We are backing BPPT to create a technology enabling the processing of 2,000 to 5,000 tons of waste per day.”

Nasir called on all parties to view waste as a commodity, not a source of problem. He added that in 2021 some Indonesian cities could likely to face waste emergency if waste was not managed well.

Pandjaitan welcomed the newly inaugurated facility, saying it was part of the government’s efforts to overcome the national waste management problem. He said he had called on BPPT to build a bigger waste-to-energy plant which could process 1,500 tons of waste per day.

Riza of BPPT said the Red and White PLTSa could generate 700 kilowatt of electricity of every 100 tons of waste processed. He added that it was the first waste-to-energy plant in Indonesia to use a “proven thermal technology”.

The construction of the new facility was based on an MoU signed on December 20, 2017 by BPPT chairman and the Jakarta governor.

The inauguration event was also attended by South Tangerang mayor Airin Rachmi Diany, Bekasi mayor Rachmat Effendi and many related officials.