We Use

We Use

We Use is a reusable tableware rental and cleansing service for events in Hong Kong.   TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Only operating in Hong Kong.  MORE INFORMATION: https://www.weuse.hk/ THE PROBLEM Events are a significant source of plastic pollution, as single-use plastics are commonly used for food and drink service. While some events provide plastic collection and sorting bins, with the […]

WasteAware Benchmark Indicators

WasteAware Benchmark Indicators

WasteAware Benchmark Indicators (WABI) consists of an indicator set that assesses waste management performance within cities, allowing for benchmarking of cities and monitoring developments over time.  TARGET USERS: Businesses, Industry, Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Using a standardized indicator set allows benchmarking against the performance of similar cities, within a country or in different countries, on a consistent basis […]

Waste Flow Tools

Waste Flow Tools

Waste flow tools offer cities the analytical guidance they need to create, manage and sustain effective solid waste management systems in response to growing urban populations.  TARGET USERS: Individuals, Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Analysing waste flow helps cities establish priorities for plastic action. MORE INFORMATION: See the Plastic Smart Cities Smart Guide on Baseline Assessments. THE PROBLEM Solid waste management is one of […]

Thread

Thread

Thread transforms plastic bottles into sustainable fabric, and partners with mainstream brands to produce clothing apparel products.  TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses, Industry KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Thread collects and processes plastic bottles into fabric in Haiti and Honduras. MORE INFORMATION: https://threadinternational.com/ THE PROBLEM Single-use plastic bottles continue to pollute the environment and find pathways to the marine ecosystem.  THE SOLUTION Thread collects plastic bottles from […]

The Great Bubble Barrier

The Great Bubble Barrier

The Great Bubble Barrier® intercepts plastic waste before it reaches our oceans by implementing Bubble Barriers that direct waste to the side of the river in its catchment system.  TARGET USERS: Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: The first Bubble Barrier was installed in Amsterdam in November 2019. Beforehand, a pilot was conducted to test the Bubble Barrier’s efficiency and showed that […]

Sweepsmart

Sweepsmart

Sweepsmart is an end-to-end segregated waste management system for emerging and developing countries.  TARGET USERS: Businesses, Industry, Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Tailored solutions for developing countries, with consideration for the specific waste challenges found in these countries. MORE INFORMATION: https://www.sweepsmart.org/ THE PROBLEM In countries like India and Indonesia, most waste is openly burnt or dumped, polluting streets, rivers, nature and our […]

Smart Sensors and Digitalization

Smart Sensors and Digitalization

Smart sensors in waste bins can optimize the process of waste collection, thereby increasing collection rates and reducing downstream waste management costs.  TARGET USERS: Businesses, Industry, Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Smart sensors can be incorporated with fleet management and intelligent routing software for a comprehensive waste collection process. MORE INFORMATION: Publication, “Smart garbage monitoring system using sensors” THE PROBLEM 90% of […]

Single-use Plastic Levy

Single-use Plastic Levy

Single-use plastic levies place taxes on items like plastic bags, bottles and food packaging to deter their use. TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses, Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: Price modulation that adjusts cost modelling by businesses or consumers seek to shift usage patterns. MORE INFORMATION: See UNEP Report, page 65  THE PROBLEM Single-use plastic products (SUPs) are used once, or for a short period of […]

Shoreliner

Shoreliner

The Shoreliner is a collection system for floating plastic debris in ports, rivers and other waterways.  TARGET USERS: Businesses, Industry, Government KEY CONSIDERATIONS: The Shoreliner is being developed in The Netherlands, and has launched a pilot with the Port of Rotterdam. MORE INFORMATION: https://www.tauw.com/news/news/shoreliner-voted-most-sustainable-port-project.html THE PROBLEM More and more plastic waste is ending up in our oceans and seas. The […]