Plastic Waste

 

What is a circular economy for plastics?

Plastic pollution is entering our oceans at an alarming rate, damaging our marine environment and endangering local livelihoods. Globally, we are on track to add 53 million tons of plastic into the ocean every year by 2030 – about one cargo ships’ worth of plastics entering aquatic ecosystems every day (Borrelle et al.).

A circular economy is the only solution that can match the scale of the plastic pollution problem (Ellen MacArthur Foundation). A circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design; an economy that produces zero waste and instead reuses or recycles its byproducts. In the case of plastic, this means that plastic never becomes waste or pollution. This approach is not only vital to stop plastic pollution, but it also benefits society, the environment and the economy.

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News and Blogs

Episode 20: Tackling plastic waste in our water featuring Chennai

Episode 20: Tackling plastic waste in our water featuring Chennai

Ahead of our Urban Ocean Summit in Chennai in June 2024, our Executive Director Lauren Sorkin welcomes Dr. Parama Roy and Taylor Maddalene on an interesting conversation about tackling plastic ...
Urban Ocean: Santiago

Urban Ocean: Santiago

Urban Ocean is helping the Metropolitan Region of Santiago identify gaps in its solid waste management system towards tackling illegal dumping sites to build urban resilience.
Urban Ocean: Surat

Urban Ocean: Surat

Urban Ocean is helping Surat identify gaps in its solid waste management system towards advancing zero waste circular solutions in the city.

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