The environmental organisation One Earth – One Ocean e.V. (OEOO) together with the Schwarz Group (Lidl, Kaufland) and PT Wasteforchange Alam Indonesia (W4C), a local specialist for waste and recycling management in Java/Indonesia, is launching a joint river cleaning project in the Indonesian megacity Bekasi east of Jakarta in spring 2020.
With the Schwarz Group, an internationally leading German group in the fields of trade, production and recycling with approx. 430,000 employees worldwide and more than 12,100 branches and specialist stores in 30 countries, OEOO has gained a partner who is aware of its responsibility for the environment and actively fulfils this responsibility in its international plastics strategy REset Plastic, also by eliminating plastic waste from the environment. The joint project will initially run for three years. The project is managed by OEOO.
With the help of SeeHamster ships, special waste collection catamarans designed by OEOO for inland waters and rivers, the rivers around the metropolis of Bekasi, which are heavily polluted with (plastic) waste, are to be cleaned section by section. “We are pleased to realise our first project in Indonesia together with the Schwarz Group and W4C. Together it is our goal to collect the waste before it can reach the sea,” says Dr. Harald Frank, project manager of OEOO, about the planned cooperation. “In order to avoid emissions, we are using SeeHamsters for the first time in this cleaning project, which are equipped with an electric drive that can be charged via photovoltaics.”