Alliance to End Plastic Waste and UN-Habitat join forces to tackle plastic waste in the environment

22 July 2020

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (The Alliance) announced a strategic partnership with UN-Habitat to implement solutions for a circular economy, creating business and livelihood opportunities while improving resource recovery.

The new partnership, which will start with projects in six target cities in East Africa and South Asia, will use UN-Habitat's Waste Wise Cities (WWC) tool to map waste streams, as well as to assess potential losses of plastic from waste management systems and identify short and long term pathways to increase the amount of plastic waste collected, recycled and recovered. The program supports the Alliance's efforts to develop meaningful urban projects in communities where plastic waste loss is significant, as well as the WWC Challenge, which consists of cleaning up and implementing sustainable waste management in 20 cities across the country. world by 2022.

"For the two billion people around the world who do not have access to waste collection, the lack of data is a significant obstacle to the establishment of an effective municipal solid waste management program," said Jacob Duer , President and CEO of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. “Through our work with UN-Habitat, we will for the first time provide municipal officials with a comprehensive understanding of their waste management systems, their shortcomings and solutions to improve them. We hope the work will have an immediate and lasting positive impact on these six cities and hope to use what we learn to expand the program to more urban communities. "

Participating cities include Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya; Addis Ababa and Baher Dar in Ethiopia; Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and Mangalore (Karnataka) in India.

At the end of the program, which will run over the next ten to twelve months, comprehensive assessments of waste management practices in major cities will be carried out with the aim of providing a picture of solutions for increasing the amount of waste. plastics collected and recovered. Assessments may suggest feasibility studies for investments in larger plastic waste management infrastructure.

The partnership will also seek to involve local stakeholders to ensure that the appropriate community members and relevant waste chain actors are involved from the start in order to address infrastructure gaps and reduce leakage. of plastic waste in the cities of the program through an inclusive approach.

About the Alliance to End Plastic Waste

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is an international, non-profit organization that works in partnership with governments, economic and environmental development NGOs, and communities around the world to address the challenge of eliminating plastic waste in the world. environment. Through programs and partnerships, we focus on solutions in four critical areas: infrastructure, innovation, education and cleaning. As of June 2020, the Alliance had nearly 50 member companies and supporters representing global companies and organizations located in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East. For more information, please visit