Nearly 28 million Indonesians live below the poverty line and could greatly benefit from a program of this scale. Each branch is expected to provide opportunities for hundreds of local waste collectors and community members. The first branch officially opened in Bali on October 28, with all 8 branches planned to be operational by May 2019 in Indonesia.
This program, which can be expanded to additional countries, will help reduce plastic leakage into the ocean through creation of an ongoing recycling infrastructure and by incentivizing local waste collectors to join the fight through increased access to needed resources. The program will also educate the local community about the growing threat of plastic pollution and about opportunities to recycle locally.