Reducing Plastic Waste in Indonesia

Lack of widespread public awareness coupled with 50,000 km of coastline is pushing Indonesia towards environmental crisis where much of the country's trash could end up in the ocean.
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Gringgo Indonesia Foundation has started tackling this problem using AI technology.

Earlier this year, Gringgo was named one of 20 grantees of the Google AI Impact Challenge. Febriadi Pratama, CTO & co-founder at Gringgo, explains how this so-called “trash tech start-up” plans to change waste management across many of the country’s islands.

“Waste workers don’t always have the knowledge and expertise to accurately identify what can be recycled, and what recycled items are worth. Their livelihood depends on the volume and value of the recyclable waste they collect. We realized that giving workers tools to track their collections and productivity could boost their earning power while also helping the environment. We came up with the idea to build an image recognition tool that would help improve plastic recycling rates by classifying different materials and giving them a monetary value. We believe this creates a new economic model for waste management that prioritizes people and the planet.”

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