Plastic Smart Guides
for Cities

Our Key Focus Areas

The Plastic Smart Guides were developed for cities as a step-by-step process to achieve their Plastic Smart targets. These guides will continue to be molded from lessons learnt and case study examples across the PSC community, as well as best practices that are catalogued on this platform. While the initial guides were developed by WWF colleagues and external experts, moving forward we seek to include guidance and real-world examples from you, our PSC community.

Plastic Smart Guide for Cities - 5 core steps

Declaration of Intent
Make the Plastic Smart Cities pledge and commit to no plastics in nature

A declaration outlines a city's pledge to achieve measurable targets in reducing plastic leakage. The declaration must be signed by a city authority (e.g. a Mayor), and in some cases, the city council may need to be officially consulted.

Use the Declaration of Intent guide to launch your city's Plastic Smart journey.

Baseline Assessment
Conduct a baseline assessment to better understand your city's waste flows

Follow a step-by-step process for developing a city's baseline on waste flow, plastics management and plastics leakage into the environment. Identify preferred data collection and analytical tools to ensure consistent monitoring and reporting of outcomes, and to ensure the recommended baselining process is cost effective and replicable across Plastic Smart Cities.

See the Baseline Assessment guide.

City Action Plan
Develop an action plan to address baseline findings, and identify priority interventions

This guidance outlines a city's approach to developing an action plan, taking into account the findings of the baseline assessment, to identify high-impact priority interventions for reducing plastic pollution. Developing the Action Plan should be an iterative process, involving consultations with key stakeholders, while remaining flexible to adapt as local situations change.

See the City Action Plan as a guide, and refer to the City Action Plan Template.

Adopt new policies, engage key stakeholdes, improve waste infrastructure, encourage innovation

Get focused on implementing activities designed in the City Action Plan. From policy interventions, to improving waste management capacity (collection, separation, recycling infrastructure etc), to multistakeholder processes and citizen engagement, implementation toward specific targets requires careful planning and monitoring and evaluation to assess impact. The phase should include a pilot project to trial solutions within a designated area, with a goal to reduce plastic pollution by 30% in the pilot area.

See the Implementation guide.

Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitor changes overtime and adjust for success

Monitor changes overtime and adjust for success. Cities need to identify key performance indicators to monitor and assess changes over baseline conditions. The Monitoring and Evaluation plan should closely align with the Baseline Assessment. Recommended third-party monitoring tools and internationally recognized guidelines are found within.

See the Monitoring and Evaluation guide.

Access the Plastic Smart Guide for Cities

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