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Indonesian startups use recycling apps to spin garbage into gold

Businesses flock to growing opportunities from government push to curb waste

A Rekosistem kiosk at a Jakarta metro station collects a variety of waste for recycling. (Photo by Koya Jibiki)

JAKARTA -- Startups in Indonesia are offering points and other rewards in exchange for recyclables as they look to turn the country's growing waste problem into business opportunities.

Jakarta-based startup Rekosistem began testing an automated collection box for plastic bottles at a busy metro station in the Indonesian capital last year.

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