Rekosistem Presents Waste Management Solutions for Business and Households
Rekosistem was founded in 2018 by Ernest Layman and Joshua Valentino on the basis of concerns about waste management problems in Indonesia. Starting from a small business in the form of an MSME named “Kahiji (Khazanah Hijau Indonesia)”, this service has developed into an innovative waste management technology startup.
As the name implies, Rekosistem is taken from two words namely re-, referring to activities that support sustainability (sustainability) such as reuse, reduce, recycle, renewable, as well as all other sustainability principles implemented in their products.
Then the ecosystem, as the goal of the solution to encourage changes in lifestyle to be environmentally friendly in creating a better environment. The main products offered by Rekosistem include Pickup Service (Repickup Service) and Garbage Deposit to Waste Station (Redrop Service).
Repickup Service includes garbage collection and pick-up services for households or housing, businesses, offices, schools, public facilities, sports facilities, and commercial places.
Meanwhile, Depositing Waste to the Waste Station is an innovation that was launched as a new standard form of recycling waste collection facilities.
The Waste Station Rekosistem with dimensions that are large enough can accommodate large amounts of recycled waste and encourage people to start the habit of recycling waste by giving reward points.
Operating for both B2B and B2C services, Rekosistem offers pick-up and deposit services for waste as needed.
This service focuses on the use of technology in its applications, both via the web for periodic garbage collection from residential areas and commercial places; as well as via a mobile app for individual users who independently deposit waste to available Rekosistem stations.
Services Offered Rekosistem
To date, the total recycled waste has exceeded 1,000 tons, originating from around 50 corporations and 11,000 households. Some Rekosistem services are still limited in Jakarta and Surabaya. The target is to expand to 5 cities this year and process 10 times more waste in Indonesia.
The company introduced a reward point system that was applied for per kilogram of waste deposited. Garbage from various transportation and collection points of the Rekosistem will be sent to the Rekosistem Waste Hub (Material Recovery Facility) to be sorted into more than 50 categories.
Each segregated waste will be distributed to Rekosistem recycling partners for further processing according to their respective types. Rekosistem Co-Founder & CEO Ernest Layman revealed that there are three things that distinguish Rekosistem from other cleantech players.
First, from the process side, the company cooperates with players from various lines in the existing waste management circle.
Then, the waste received is not only valuable, but also mixed. Finally, he and his team implemented simple educational steps so that they could enter all classes of society.
Investments For Impactful Startups
As more companies start moving towards impact, so does investment in this area. Recently, Rekosistem also announced the acquisition of a seed round from the Bali Investment Club and the signing of a strategic partnership with a Japanese company, Marubeni, to improve the quality of waste management.
Apart from Rekosistem, there is also Duitin, a digital service developer that facilitates recycling in Indonesia. This startup is also one of the graduates of Google for Startup Accelerator, the first Google accelerator program held in Indonesia.
In addition, Google itself also has investment initiatives for companies engaged in the impact realm. Through the nonprofit arm of Google.org, announced a new managed fund “Sustainability Seed Fund” focused on grant funding for impact startups in the Asia Pacific region.
Slowly but surely, impact investment is growing in Indonesia. Not only Google, IIF which is managed by Mandiri Capital Indonesia, is the first private social impact managed fund in Indonesia based on ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) values with the aim of creating collaboration between the public and private sectors in the venture capital industry.