This is the time that we have to work together
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Business and environment should walk in parallel in accordance with the sustainable economy principle, as businesses will not be able to last long without considering the environment, the Environment and Forestry Ministry stated.

"Thus, synergy between profile and planet is important," the ministry's official, Ujang Solihin Sidik, noted during the Review on Danone-Aqua #BijakBerplastik Movement toward Environmental, Economical, and Social Aspects here, Wednesday.

The government always emphasizes that industry plays an important role in implementing responsible business practices, he stated.

The ministry has consistently encouraged businesses to be responsible in managing their business as stipulated in Environment and Forestry Ministerial Regulation No. 75 of 2019 on Waste Reduction by Producers Road Map.

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The ministry also urged all elements of society to be more aware and continue to actively participate in preserving the environment, especially in connection with waste management.

"This is the time that we have to work together. It is the time for collaboration," he remarked.

Waste management has a close relation with the circular economy, a new industry model that focuses on reduce, reuse, and recycle that leads to the reduction of primary resources' consumption and waste production.

National Development Planning Ministry's Low Carbon Development Coordinator Anggi Putri Pertiwi noted that the circular economy, as an economic model, should optimize the utilization of resources.

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It should also design products to have a long-lasting capability and return the leftovers of the production and consumption process to the production cycle.

Circular economy is not just about waste management through the recycle practice but also about the efficiency of resources.

This encompasses a series of interventions in the entire supply chain that affects not only the environmental but also economic and social aspects.

"The government will continue to support and synergize with all stakeholders, so that the efforts in reducing the amount of plastic waste entering the ocean by 70 percent in 2025 can be realized," she remarked.

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