PLASTIC SMART CITIES

Plastic Smart Cities are committed to implementing global Best Practices that prevent, minimize and manage plastic, both as a resource, and as a waste. Cities and Tourist Destinations that join the Plastic Smart Cities initiative make the following commitments:

Sign a declaration of intent, committing to No Plastic in Nature by 2030;

Develop an action plan within 6-months and launch a pilot within a designated area with a goal to reduce plastic pollution by 30% within two-years;

Appoint an in-house staff member to the lead the initiative in their City or Tourist Destination; and

Develop a monitoring plan that establishes baselines and annual targets, and share progress as part of their existing sustainability reporting.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLASTIC SMART CITIES MAPPED BELOW 

PLASTIC SMART CITIES IN ACTION


The City of Amsterdam joined Plastic Smart Cities on 20 June 2019. Amsterdam is the capital city and most populous municipality in The Netherlands, with an estimated 866,737 people living within city proper, 1,380,872 in the urban area and 2,410,960 in the metropolitan area. Amsterdam has more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) of canals, with the City being connected to the North Sea by the North Sea Canal. The City has implemented the following Best Practices to lead by example in the region: Amsterdam Clean Water Initiative, The Great Bubble Barrier, Water Tap Points, Litter Vacuum System, among others.

The City of Donsol, officially the Municipality of Donsol joined Plastic Smart Cities in November 2019. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 49,711. While it is a small city in terms of population, it has become a known tourist destination due to the presence of whale sharks. Whale sharks, locally known as butanding, gather in the area six to nine months a year (November - June), with the numbers peaking from February to early May. The largest fish in the world can grow up to 12 meters in length, and weigh many tons. They're considered a vulnerable species, and are protected in the Philippines. Donsol is taking action on plastics, to protect its waters that also influence its tourism industry.

The City of Hatyai joined Plastic Smart Cities in November 2019. Hatyai has a population of 158,218 in the city proper and approximately 800,000 in the greater metropolitan area, making Hatyai the largest metropolitan area in the south of Thailand, and the third largest metropolitan area in the country.

The City of Hua Hin joined Plastic Smart Cities in November 2019. Hua Hin is a seaside resort city of about 50,000 residents in Thailand. 195 km from Bangkok, it is a popular weekend getaway for Bangkok residents, tourists, and serves as favorite expat retirement and holiday home location. Strategically located in the Gulf of Thailand, it has experienced rapid growth as a tourism destination, but with a firm commitment by the local and provincial authorities to take great care to advocate for sustainable growth.

The City of IGaCoS joined Plastic Smart Cities in November 2019. Officially The island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), is a coastal group of islands strategically situated at the heart of Davao Gulf in the Southern part of the Philippines. It lies only 900 meters east of Davao City and 10 kilometers West of the Province of Davao de Oro. Its strategic location makes it the flagship site of the Philippines Tourism Master Plan, proposed convention and financial center of amenities for Southern Mindanao Development Corridor.

The City of Izmir joined Plastic Smart Cities on 25 October 2019. Izmir is the third most populous city in Turkey, after Istanbul and Ankara, and the second largest metropolitan area on the Aegean Sea after Athens, Greece. The City of has a population of 2,947,000, while İzmir Province has a population of 4,320,519. Due to its strategic location along the western Anatolian coast, the city has been one of the principal mercantile cities of the Mediterranean Sea for much of its history.

The City of Nice joined Plastic Smart Cities on 25 October 2019. Nice is the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes region, with the metropolitan area extending beyond the administrative city limits, with a population of about 1 million. Located in the French Riviera, on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the Alps, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and the second-largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region after Marseille.

The City of Oslo joined Plastic Smart Cities on 25 October 2019. Oslo was also recently named the European Green Capital for 2019, by the European Commission. Oslo is the capital city and most populous municipality in Norway, with a population of 672,061, while the population of the city's urban area is approximately 1,000,467.The metropolitan area has an estimated population of 1.71 million. The City is considered the center for Norwegian trade, banking and shipping, residing on the Oslofjord which connects the City to the North Sea. The City has implemented its very own "leading by example" initiative, which supports environmental targets with integrated strategies that engage citizens and businesses.

The City of Patong joined Plastic Smart Cities in November 2019. Patong is a coastal resort city on the west coast of Phuket Island, facing the Andaman Sea in the southwest of Thailand. Its 2850-metre (1.77 mile) long beach runs the entire length of Patong's west side, making it a premier tourist destination.

The City of Phu Quoc joined Plastic Smart Cities in November 2019. Phu Quoc is a Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. It's known for white-sand beaches and resorts, most of which are along the palm-lined southwest coast. More than half of the island is part of Phu Quoc National Park, which features mountains, dense tropical jungle, hiking trails and wildlife. Phu Quoc is a popular tourist destination.

The City of San Isidro joined Plastic Smart Cities in November 2019. San Isidro, officially the Municipality of San Isidro, lies in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 51,612 people.

The City of Songkhla joined Plastic Smart Cities in November 2019. Songkhla is a city in Songkhla Province of southern Thailand, near the border with Malaysia. As of 2006 it had a population of 75,048. Songkhla lies 968 km (601 mi) south of Bangkok. Songkhla is the capital of Songkhla Province as well as the Mueang Songkhla District. Songkhla is a fishing town and the major seaport on the east side of the Isthmus of Kra.

The City of Surat Thani joined Plastic Smart Cities in November 2019. Surat Thani is a city in southern Thailand. It lies 651 km south of Bangkok, and is the capital of Surat Thani Province. The city has a population of 128,179 (2009), with a population density is 1,858.47 inhabitants per km². Surat Thani is near the mouth of the Tapi River on the Gulf of Thailand. The city is known to tourists as the jumping-off point to Ko Samui, Ko Tao, and Ko Pha Ngan.