Indonesian organization RIO Oceans Integrity and German company ASCON Resource Management Holding GmbH signed a long-term recycling agreement on October 1, 2022. The cooperation includes recycling plastic collected from rivers, coasts and oceans around the world. Social responsibility and efficient operating model.
The aim is to establish recycling operations as local as possible in order to maintain added value in each country. This is the basis for using recycling to reduce poverty in many countries by establishing economically successful local recycling companies. It is precisely the integration into the global secondary raw materials market that underscores the importance of local recycling activities.
Sascha Schuh, CEO of ASCON Resource Management Holding, said: “Germany and Europe’s debate on the recyclability of packaging meeting their respective legal quotas for chemical recycling cannot take plastic bottles out of the sea.” He outlined his company’s motives for cooperation. “We want to face the global challenge to prevent the fact that more and more plastic waste is carried to the sea via rivers. That is our joint mission with RIO,” Schuh explained as the basis for the cooperation.
Kieran Kelly, president of RIO Oceans Integrity, emphasized the supporting role of recycling in particular. “Our goal is to clean rivers through our projects, alleviate poverty in some of the world’s poorest regions, and boost plastic recycling in response to greenwashing,” Kelly said of the reasons for the collaboration. explained. “Working with ASCON on a project in Africa has allowed us to see a common path and mutual professionalism. So signing a long-term recycling contract was a logical step for us. I did,” Kelly concludes.
The two companies will report on their joint recycling activities on a quarterly basis going forward. About 3 million kilograms of plastic are planned to be recycled in 2023.