ASIA

15 PLASTIC SMART CITIES ARE TAKING ACTION ACROSS THE REGION

REGIONAL PLASTIC CHALLENGES

Stretching from the Pacific Ocean in the East, to Europe and Africa in the West, Asia's vast expanse is home to an astounding diversity of cultures, natural landscapes, and urban developments. With rapidly growing economies and a rising middle class, the great plastic challenge has arrived in the region. Adding to the significant volume of plastic waste generated in the region, countries in North America and Europe continue to dump their own plastic waste on Asian countries, despite international waste trade laws that prohibit such abuses. The waste management systems and resources in the region are ill equipped to manage the world's plastic waste stream, yet this is the burden the region endures.

Asia is home to more than 4.5 billion people, ranking as the most populated region in the world. While the region covers 30% of Earth's land mass, it accounts for 60% of the worlds population. While waste per capita is significantly below that of developed regions in the North, the waste volumes that are mismanaged are staggering. In fact, a recent study suggests that 15 of the top 20 most polluting rivers in the world are in Asia. This mass of river plastic flows into the world's oceans at unprescedented levels, and sadly these levels are on the rise.

A REGION UNITED

WWF IS UNITING CITIES ACROSS THE REGION TO TACKLE THE PLASTIC CHALLENGE AT A LOCAL LEVEL


REGIONAL PLASTIC SOLUTIONS

Cities across Asia are joining the Plastic Smart Cities initiative to eliminate plastic in nature by 2030. These cities are leading the region by implementing best practices that prevent, minimize and manage plastic, both as a resource, and as a global threat to their communities.

VIETNAM NOW COUNTS THREE PLASTIC SMART CITIES' COMMITMENTS
VIETNAM NOW COUNTS THREE PLASTIC SMART CITIES' COMMITMENTS

June 20, 2020

The province of Phu Yen and the City of Da Nang, Vietnam joined WWF's Plastic Smart Cities initiative in June 2020, committing to reduce plastic leakage by 30% in pilot areas.

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“LEAVE NO TRACE
“LEAVE NO TRACE" SHOWCASES BEST PRACTICES TO STOP OCEAN PLASTIC

June 16, 2020

A new book, Leave No Trace: Vital Lessons from the Frontline of Waste and Ocean Plastic” highlights proven solutions from 45 organizations working on the frontlines to ensure resilient waste collection and recycling programs, to prevent plastic pollution.

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WE CANNOT RECYCLE OUR WAY OUT OF OCEAN PLASTIC POLLUTION
WE CANNOT RECYCLE OUR WAY OUT OF OCEAN PLASTIC POLLUTION

June 16, 2020

The amount of plastic entering the ocean is projected to grow four-fold by 2050. Transformative changes, including moving away from single-use towards re-useable packaging, are needed to save our oceans, say Vincent Kneefel and John Duncan.

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A COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACH IN PHU QUOC, VIETNAM
A COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACH IN PHU QUOC, VIETNAM

June 10, 2020

WWF-Vietnam, together with local authorities hatched a pilot project that established a community-based waste management system, one that could prevent the community’s waste from polluting the coastal environment, an environment that not only supports the livelihoods of many Da Chong residents, from fishing to aquaculture, but also harbors many marine species, including the rare and vulnerable dugongs.

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PLASTIC SMART CITIES

FROM SMALL RURAL VILLAGES AND TOURIST DESTINATIONS TO MEGACITIES AND INDUSTRIAL HUBS, ASIAN CITIES ARE TAKING A LEAD ON PLASTICS


PLASTIC SMART CITIES IN ASIA

15 Asian cities and tourist destinations have joined the Plastics Smart Cities initiative. Explore the cities on the map below and learn more about their ambitious plastic targets and action plans.