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Indonesia's Surabaya hosts Asia Pacific garbage management forum

JAKARTA, Feb. 25 — Surabaya, capital of Indonesia's East Java province, hosted the 5th Regional 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) Forum in Asia and the Pacific, addressing problems lingering in garbage management among countries in the region, a statement released by Indonesian Environment Ministry said Tuesday.

The three-day international event, themed "Multilayer Partnership and Coalition as the Basis for 3Rs Promotion in Asia and the Pacific"was attended by more than 400 participants from countries in Asia and the Pacific region, co-organized by Indonesian Environment and Public Works Ministries, Japanese Environment Ministry and the United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD).

"Some countries in the region have adopted principles of 3R implementation in their policies, strategies and national-scaled pilot projects. This forum is very useful in increasing the knowledge, understanding and synergy of 3R activities among countries in Asia and the Pacific,"Indonesian Environment Minister Balthazar Kambuaya said in his opening remarks.

The ongoing forum would discuss further implementation of Ha Noi 3R Declaration Sustainable 3R Goals for Asia and The Pacific ( 2013-2023) whose inception occurred in the fourth forum held in the capital of Vietnam in March last year.

Besides, the forum will explore regional cooperation among Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) in addressing issues and challenges to manage garbage, particularly plastic wastes in waters and coastal areas.

The forum will also seek partnership schemes and supports through bilateral, multilateral and regional mechanism in developing the 3R infrastructure pilot projects that comprised of eco-industrial zones, knowledge parks, resources restoring facilities, recycle industries, waste-to-energy projects and eco- labeling products.

The minister said that some 1,443 3R facilities called "garbage banks" had been built in 56 cities in 19 provinces across the country. Those facilities have processed 2 million kilograms of garbage per month, providing significant economic advantages to people.

Indonesian Public Works Ministry has built prototypes of facilities to process bio energy from garbage in several cities across the country. It has also build 525 facilities across the nation to further process garbage with 3R mechanism since 2010. (PNA/Xinhua)

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