Amsterdam Initiates Plastic Monitoring With Debris Tracker

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 […]

Five Impact Driven Start-ups Selected for Plastic Smart Cities Bootcamp

After undergoing a 60-day challenge to achieve milestones, five start-ups presented their accomplishments, challenges, learnings, and next steps to a selection panel comprised of xchange, Villgro Philippines, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, The Incubation Network, and makesense. The selection panel assessed the entrepreneurs’ progress, learning agility, entrepreneurial mindset, and commitment to determine which of the entrepreneurs would go […]

Dubrovnik Adopts Action Plan to Tackle Plastic Pollution

The Plastic Smart City of Dubrovnik has formally adopted the first plan of actions to tackle its plastic pollution by 2026, including key measures to reduce waste production and improve waste collection and disposal. The Plan signed by Mayor Mato Franković was developed in collaboration with the Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce and […]

Rethinking Recycling Academy and Plastic Smart Cities Tackle Waste in Bali

Rethinking Recycling Academy is a capacity-building program launched by, in partnership with the Plastic Smart Cities Initiative, to transform the waste management ecosystem in Ubung Kaja village, Bali, Indonesia. Plastic Smart Cities (PSC) is a WWF initiative that works with cities around the world to keep plastic away from nature. Ubung Kaja is a village […]

WWF-Philippines Partners With Nestlé to Improve Community Waste Management

Supported by Nestlé Philippines and co-created with KALIPI – a for-women entrepreneurship group – as well as other community members, NAKAMOTO is a local waste collection pilot that uses motorcycles and push carts to support barangays that are not serviced by the municipal waste collection service.  NAKAMOTO aims to improve waste segregation for 6 pilot barangays and increase collection capacity in […]

“Leave No Trace” Showcases Best Practices to Stop Ocean Plastic

As plastic use increases around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in the global waste management system. These impacts now threaten waste programs, particularly those in countries at the frontline of the ocean plastic challenge. A new book, “Leave No Trace: Vital Lessons from the Frontline of Waste and Ocean Plastic” highlights proven solutions from 45 organizations working […]

We Cannot Recycle Our Way Out of Ocean Plastic Pollution

Ocean plastic is killing millions of marine mammals, seabirds and many other life forms. Images of turtles eating plastic bags floating in the sea, whales starved by several kilograms of plastic debris in their stomachs and dolphins entangled in abandoned fishing nets have become iconic symbols of the impact of ocean plastic pollution. It is […]

A Community-based Approach in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc, a Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand, joined WWF’s Plastic Smart Cities initiative in 2019, and is now implementing pilot projects with the goal of reducing plastic pollution by 30% in their pilot areas. One such pilot is in Da Chong, a small village of 1,485 people […]