Launching a Pilot

A pilot can (1) provide data that can be used to justify funding and support; (2) brings key stakeholders together to build and share knowledge in the pilot area; (3) helps the city determine the efficacy of interventions under certain conditions; and (4) allows for the refinement of interventions for city-wide implementation.

The city must take great care in selecting a pilot site that will lead to the desired goals and outcomes on plastic. Pilot sites can include parks, harbors, beachfronts, waterways, neighborhoods, etc. The City Government must come to a consensus on what exactly is being piloted (e.g., waste collection process, community engagement campaign, etc.), the purpose of the pilot site, the desired outcome, the time frame for the pilot process, and how the pilot aligns with other City initiatives and activities.


Key Considerations

What are we piloting?
What is the purpose of the pilot site?
What are the goals or desired outcomes?
What is the anticipated timeline for implementation?
How do pilot site activities align with other initiatives or activities?
What stakeholders should be involved in the pilot?
What are the baseline measures?
How will the pilot process be evaluated?
What will happen to pilot sites at the end of the pilot term?
What actions will be taken if the pilot fails to meet the requirements or expectations?
Available Resources
Who will oversee the pilot process?
What resources are available for the pilot site?
What technical assistance or professional development is available to pilot sites?
Site Selection Process
What is the preferred criteria for site selection?
What sites meet the site selection criteria?
What are the benefits and potential issues for shortlisted pilot sites?