The city council of Paris adopted a resolution this week to formally join WWF’s Plastic Smart Cities (PSC) initiative. Among the city’s ambitious plans, is to eliminate single-use plastics (SUPs) in the city by 2024. Earlier in May 2021, the city of Amsterdam, notably the first city to join PSC, invited the city of Paris during the city’s annual conference […]
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution. It enables businesses, governments and other tourism stakeholders to lead by example in the shift towards a circular economy. Over 120 organizations have become signatories and disclosed their ambitious commitments toward the elimination of unnecessary single-use […]
Plastic Smart Cities across the Mediterranean region convened in Venice, Italy in June 2022, to exchange best practices, lessons learned, and strategies deployed to combat the growing plastic waste stream that threatens coastal ecosystems across the Mediterranean. WWF representatives along with city officials arrived in Venice for a two-day exchange on June 22-23, including site visits across […]
UN Environment Programme through the SEA circular project, introduces a short film, “(PLASTIK)” – commissioned by MeshMinds and produced by Studio Birthplace, that exhibits the significance of both individual and collective action to combat plastic pollution in the South-East Asian region. The narrative helps the audience view the plastic pollution crisis through the eyes and […]
UN Habitat and the Waste Wise Partnership under the Waste Wise Cities program, is developing online courses to support cities, affiliates and partners to move toward a prosperous circular economy and achieve waste SDGs under the New Urban Agenda. WWF and the Plastic Smart Cities (PSC) joined UN Habitat and the Waste Wise Cities program as partners […]
UN Basel Convention Presented With Funding Opportunity to Help Expand Plastic Smart Cities to Latin America
The United Nations (UN) Basel Convention, a legally binding international treaty charged with regulating plastic waste flows, among other wastes, released its second call for Plastic Waste Partnership pilot project proposals in January 2022. The call seeks to fund activities that will develop new tools to address plastic waste, show a high potential for scale/replicability and/or show a high potential to […]
PSC and Eurocities are reviving this partnership and efforts to support cities with their plastic smart journey amidst the COVID recovery.
The city of Amsterdam initiated plastic monitoring activities on March 3, 2022, as part of the city’s baseline assessment, using the Debris Tracker app for data collection activities, and a group of citizen scientist volunteers. The city’s monitoring activities are mapped across 22 locations and over 7 city districts, with a plastic monitoring list comprised of 34 unique items. The initial monitoring events will […]
UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) unanimously agreed to develop a legally binding treaty to end plastic pollution.
Inadequate solid waste management has been identified as one of the leading causes of marine pollution. It has been estimated that plastic debris from land-based sources makes up to 80% of marine pollution and can be found from shallows down to the deepest parts of the ocean. In the Philippines, there are five target sites for Plastic […]