Working Group

Closing plastic cycles

Working Group

Challenges

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Up to 12.7 million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year

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56% of the total volume of plastic has been produced since 2000

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The average product lifetime for plastic plackaging is 0.5 years

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Only 9% of the globally produced plastic is recycled

Objectives of the working group

 

This working group advocates the conservation of natural resources and the development of a circular economy for plastic in order to stop the pollution of the world’s oceans by plastic. The focus here is on the following specific goals:

  • Conserving resources by preventing plastic waste and developing recycling systems for plastic packaging
  • Effectively promote the prevention of plastic waste worldwide, guided by the waste hierarchy
  • Promote plastic recycling along the entire cycle, thinking from design to the use of recycled plastic in new products
  • Develop approaches on waste collection, involving the informal sector
  • Bring forward producer responsibility and support take-back and recycling systems for packaging waste, as well as establish sustainable financing mechanisms
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“Adupi is very confident and high hope that PREVENT will not only help us to reduce plastic waste but also to increase collection of raw materials needed for the plastics recycling industry. We look forward to work together with PREVENT to raise public awareness about plastic recycling and increase the usage of recycled materials.”

Christine Halim, Chairwoman of Indonesian Plastics Recycling Association ADUPI.

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“As a society, we need to change our way of thinking completely in order to create a future worth living without waste and the squandering of resources. Therefore, we need platforms like the PREVENT Waste Alliance to bring together the many stakeholders and implement solutions together.”

Nora Sophie Griefahn, Cradle to Cradle NGO, Executive Director.

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EPR schemes have proven to enable sustainable financing for effective waste management systems while facilitating the transition towards the circular economy. The EPR Toolbox has been of great value in increasing the capacity and awareness of relevant stakeholders on EPR.

Xin (Vivian) Chen, WWF, Global EPR Project Manager.

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Achievements

Achievments

EPR-Toolbox.  A toolbox on how extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems can be created and expanded was developed in a series of co-creation workshops and published. It contains detailed information about EPR and introduces a number of distinct issues, including legal conditions, incentive systems for citizens and ways of integrating the informal sector.


Achievments

Study. In a study on “Prevention of plastic waste in production and consumption by multi-actor partnerships“, the working group presents 17 best practice examples. From these, recommendations for the reduction of plastic waste are drawn, and success factors, important steps and conclusions regarding the necessary political framework conditions are presented.



Pilot projects

In three pilot projects innovative solutions on closing plastic cycles are tested in different local contexts. The elaborated recommendations and tools are adapted to specific local conditions and guide implementation in selected countries.

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Creating value in plastic through digital technology in Indonesia.

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Plastic Credits for inclusive and transparent circularity in Brazil, Mexico, India and Vietnam.

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Enhancing awareness and employment through recycling in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Why join?

  • We connect perspectives and expertise among a large group of stakeholders engaged at all levels of the plastic value chain.
  • We foster in-depth knowledge exchange on specific technical questions in smaller sub-working groups (e.g. Plastic credits, EPR schemes), which are established based on demand.
  • We bring together our expertise and experiences and develop knowledge products such as guidelines, tools, recommendations and standards.
  • We provide scalable solutions by developing and piloting innovative ideas.

Become a member!

You are active in the field of waste management and circular economy or you are a stakeholder in the plastic or electronics value chains? You want to intensify your cooperation with partners?

Leads & Contact

Helmut Schmitz

Helmut Schmitz

Duales System - Der Grüne Punkt

+49 (0)2203 937 253

Helmut.Schmitz@gruener-punkt.de

Christina Jäger

Christina Jäger

Yunus Environment Hub

+49 (0)176 87424027

Christina.Jaeger@yunuseh.com

Dr. Henning Wilts

Dr. Henning Wilts

Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH

+49 (0)202 2492 139

henning.wilts@wupperinst.org

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