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 […]

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 […]

A Global Call for Innovators – the No Waste Challenge

Our waste crisis has reached a tipping point. We can now visibly grasp the environmental damage of our wasteful tendencies. According to the UN Environment Programme, an estimated 11.2 billion tons of solid waste are collected worldwide each year, but what becomes of the waste that is not collected, contained and processed? The sobering reality […]

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 […]

Surat Thani Joins WWF and the WON Project to Reduce Plastics Waste

In November 2020, Surat Thani municipality, WON Project, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Thailand signed a partnership agreement on a plastic recycling programme in Surat Thani province, Thailand, with the aim of intensifying their actions on the collection of single-use plastic bag and recycling. After signing the partnership, Dr. Arnold Sitompul, Conservation […]

Cities Take Lead in the Fight Against Plastic – World Cities Day 2020

CITIES REAFFIRM COMMITMENT FOR NO PLASTIC IN NATURE BY 2030 Today, WWF and the Plastic Smart Cities community, celebrate World Cities Day by reaffirming their commitment to no plastic in nature by 2030, and calling on more cities around the world to take action against plastic pollution. Urban centers are responsible for an estimated 60% […]

Vietnam Now Counts Three Plastic Smart Cities’ Commitments

The province of Phu Yen in Vietnam joined the Plastic Smart Cities initiative on 18 June 2020, establishing its capital, the City of Tuy Hoa as a pilot area with a plastic reduction goal of 30% by 2025. Phu Yen is located on Vietnam’s south-central coast, characterized by mountains and beaches. On 20 June 2020, […]

“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 […]

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 […]

The City of Yangzhou Joins Plastic Smart Cities in Bid to Protect the Yangtze River

[Yangzhou, China] – Today the City of Yangzhou joined WWF’s Plastic Smart Cities Initiative, pledging to eliminate plastic pollution by 2030, while aligning with WWF’s global “No Plastic In Nature” campaign. The City of Yangzhou joins the City of Sanya as the first two cities in China to join the global initiative, which now counts […]