|●||The “Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter” project went online to discuss policies and practical examples to reduce single-use plastics, enhance plastic waste management and encourage a Circular Economy for plastics.|
|●||The webinar series included topics such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), hazardous waste management, recycling standards for plastics and single-use plastic reduction in delivery and takeaway in times of COVID-19.|
Due to COVID-19 related closures and distancing measures, single-use plastics consumption in food delivery, takeaway and online commerce increased in several countries. On 30 July, more than 200 participants discussed online about single-use plastics reduction policies in Europe, Thailand and China and exchanged about practical examples from restaurants and companies on how to reduce single-use plastics in delivery and takeaway (further information and the documentation are available here). The webinar was organised by the “Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter” project, which is financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and active in seven Asian countries. It was one session of a series of webinars organised by the project between May and September to enhance exchange. Further webinars covered the topics of Hazardous Medical Waste Management (particularly COVID-19 contaminated plastic and household waste) (recording in Bahasa Indonesia available here), challenges and opportunities for Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) schemes for plastic waste management in Indonesia (in English here) and plastic waste recycling standards with experiences from Europe, Vietnam and the Philippines. A documentation of the latter will be available soon.
Lena Kampe – Key Expert
Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter