Urban Innovation

Urban Innovations: 7

Closing the loop on plastic waste: Towards inclusive and circular economic opportunities

Day 1 – Tuesday, 15 October 2019
09:00 - 10:30
Function Room 11
Dr. Diane Archer
Stockholm Environment Institute
Nora Steurer
Mr. Amit Jain
IRG Systems
Managing Director
Dr. Kulwant Singh
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Alexander Vougioukas
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
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Lead Organization
3R WASTE Foundation
Partner Organizer(s)
  • SEI
  • 3R WASTE Foundation
  • WASTE Advisors the Netherlands
  • IRG Systems South Asia Pvt. Ltd. India
  • The Plastics Circle, Sydney, Australia.
Lead Organizer(s)

Session Format: Talk-show style discussion followed by audience interaction

Session Objectives:

  • To explore ways in which Asian cities are seeking to apply more circular and sustainable approaches to plastic waste management by integrating sustainable and inclusive circular economy solutions which will help to build more resilient urban futures.
  • To identify relevant policy, institutional, behavioural and technological gaps, and focus on the role of the informal sector in multi-level environmental governance for more sustainable cities.
  • To consider how to professionalize and scale up the plastic recycling sector by enhancing efforts to better manage urban plastic waste in ways which do not impinge on the economic and social inclusion of the informal sector, but rather promote it, while also contributing to the achievement of other SDG targets.
  • To consider alternative approaches for sustainable waste systems by engaging key actors in cities including households, the plastic (recycling) sector / plastic waste value chain, financing institutions and local governments.
  • To imagine the future of inclusive and circular solid waste management in Asian cities, by sharing examples of innovations from around the region towards achieving circular economies.

  • The session will draw on the case studies of the UNESCAP-SEI Closing the Loop project, which focused on Pune and Sai Mai district in Bangkok, as well as other innovative approaches being applied in Malaysian, Indian and other Asian cities, such as the ‘Go Green’ initiative of Tetrapak in India and a scheme to generate clothing from PET bottles.  
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