Kick-off: Introducing more than 20 pilot projects for a Circular Economy for Plastics
How to stop plastics from finding their way into the ocean? ’Rethinking Plastics’ works on solutions together with seven countries and a lot of experienced partners in East and South East Asia.
Part of these efforts are pilot projects, which test new approaches and upscale best practices to prevent marine plastic waste and are implemented by non-profit organisations. Beginning of March, ‘Rethinking Plastics’ announced the 23 selected pilot projects in China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam which are supported with a total budget of around 2.7 million Euro. They cover approaches for the management of plastic waste, sustainable consumption and production of plastic as well as the reduction of litter from sea-based sources, such as ships and fishing vessels.
Related Pilot Projects
A Better Collection of Drinking Bottles
A quick coffee in a take-away cup from a café in the morning, water in a plastic bottle throughout the day and an energy drink in an aluminium can in the evening – our “on the go” lifestyle often means that we no longer drink exclusively from our cups and glasses at home.
A Better Ship Waste Handling in Vietnamese Ports
Oils, plastic packaging, sewage and hazardous materials – ships produce and transport a lot of waste. If ship after ship dumps their waste into the water, the consequences for animals, plants and humans are catastrophic. Thus, an efficient and reliable waste management system must be in place on land and crews need to know what to do with their waste.
A Circular Economy for Islands
The island of Koh Libong is a haven for marine wildlife. It boasts the largest area of seagrass in Thailand and is home to a colony of rare dugongs (sea cows).
A Supermarket Alliance to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Bags
An average supermarket in Hanoi gives out more than 100,000 plastic bags every day. This number is rising, with dramatic consequences not only for the environment, but also for Vietnam’s waste management system.
Clean Fishing Ports
Loading and unloading, washing and cleaning, buying and selling. Tegalsari port is a hive of activity, and one of the busiest coastal fishing ports on Java Island. With more than 700 fishing vessels entering and leaving every day, work is intense – and it creates a lot of waste that can pollute the ports and the ocean.
Ecorangers Tackling Marine Litter
Ahmed Muzaqi used to step over endless piles of waste on his way to work. Old fishing nets, plastic bottles, metal poles, old newspapers – tonnes of litter had been washed on shore. And yet this was only a fraction of what could be found floating out at sea.
Fishing for Litter in Hainan
All over the world, waste is thrown into the ocean. It moves around freely, without geographical boundaries. Here, it is no-one’s responsibility, but everyone’s problem.
Households Fit for Recycling
“Our garbage used to give off a terrible smell. It would mix with the chemical fumes from nearby farms until we couldn’t tell them apart,” says Sayan Rungrueng, a community-minded citizen from Rayong province. He used to complain to the local government, but nothing ever happened.
Improving Ship Waste Management in Chinese Commercial Ports
No fewer than even out of the ten largest seaports worldwide are in China. Shanghai and Tianjin ports are among them, and handle 2.4 million ships every year. Ships in operation generate waste such as oils, garbage (plastic), sewage and other hazardous materials.
Improving Ship Waste Management in Philippine Ports
Waste from ships accounts for 20% of plastic litter in the ocean. But it’s not only plastic that gets disposed of at sea: ships often dump some of the oil, sewage and hazardous materials that they generate and transport.
Innovative Plastic Mulch Film Collection
Jin Shuqin has a vision: “I hope that we can work together to revitalise our earth, so that we have bluer skies, cleaner waters and better soil”. Shuqin heads the Research Center for Rural Economy in the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Here, he works on solutions to reduce the impact of plastic mulch film on soil.
Less Plastic Packaging in Deliveries
China's express delivery business is the largest in the world and has become an indispensable part of residents’ daily lives. It has made shopping easier, but also produces a large amount of packaging. In 2020, express delivery services generated nearly 15 million tonnes of waste.
Promoting Innovative and Sustainable Packaging
Kim Castillo and her colleagues have been busy. At the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, they understand that billions of plastic items are ending up on the country’s streets and coastlines every year, and impacting fisheries and agriculture.
Reducing Plastic Waste in Iloilo City
Iloilo City lies on a Philippine island in the Sulu Sea. It is the regional hub for education, tourism, culture and industry. But it has a problem: with plastic products used more and more by businesses and households, plastic waste is increasingly disposed of on its streets, rivers and in the sea.
Ship Waste Management 2.0
Illegal discharge from shipping and other maritime activities pollutes the marine environment. But it’s not only marine animals and plants that suffer – ultimately, people also feel the effects.
Single-Use Plastic Free Schools
Rusty the Turtle, Marley the Manta Ray and Steeb the Plankton are comic book characters who go on big adventures.
Engaging the Fishing Community in Plastics Collection
Ong Huyunh Duy Tung is a fisherman in Phu Yen. When hauling in his nets, he finds more and more waste every day. He worries:
Wala Usik – Nothing is wasted
Plantable toothbrushes, reusable containers, apps that calculate your carbon footprint, compostable bioplastics made from rice hulls and other agricultural waste: these are just some of the ideas developed by local sustainable businesses and creative minds in the Philippines to put into practice the zero-waste and circular economy.