Startup Applications Open for Batch 2 of Plug and Play’s End Plastic Waste Innovation Platform Silicon Valley Hub

October 1, 2020- SUNNYVALE, CA, October 1, 2020 – Applications are now open for the End Plastic Waste Innovation Platform’s Silicon Valley hub. Startups accepted will go through the second batch of this 3-month virtual program starting in February 2021. The deadline to apply is October 30th, 2020. Earlier this year, Plug and Play and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste accepted 10 startups into their inaugural Silicon Valley program. The companies were introduced to Plug and Play’s entrepreneurial network and met with member companies throughout the program. One-on-one meetings, networking opportunities, events and dealflows will continue to be held virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Past successes of the End Plastic Waste Innovation Platform program included Oceanworks, which connects the commercial demand... Read more >

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste launches ALL_TOGETHER GLOBAL CLEANUP to rid the world of litter, one piece at a time

September 9, 2020Singapore- A global network of volunteers honors World Cleanup Day with innovation from Litterati and educational tools from TED-Ed Extending its efforts to lessen the impact of litter on the environment, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance) today announces the ALL_TOGETHER GLOBAL CLEANUP, a global initiative to remove litter, one piece at a time from the environment in celebration of World Cleanup Day 2020. Beginning on World Cleanup Day 2020 (Saturday, September 19) and extending for the ensuing two weeks, thousands of volunteers from the Alliance, employees of participating member and non-member companies, partners and individuals around the world will rally to their communities to discover, identify, collect and dispose of any litter they find. Leveraging the global... Read more >

Alliance to End Plastic Waste Releases 2020 Progress Report

September 2, 2020New York- Report outlines major global efforts, investments and commitments to end plastic waste in the environment and contribute to a circular economy The Alliance to End Plastic Waste today released its 2020 Progress Report, detailing the organisation’s focus on addressing its vision and mission. The report outlines the commitment to project acceleration across its four strategic pillars of waste management and recycling infrastructure, innovation, education and engagement, and clean up. The Alliance has activated 14 projects across 14 cities in six countries in South East Asia, India and Africa – all at the frontline of the plastic waste challenge. The report also features 55 member-led projects worth US$400 million towards building solutions to end plastic waste in the environment.   “We have to act with urgency as lack of action will result in millions of tons of plastic waste continuing to leak into the ocean if we do nothing... Read more >

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste and Plug and Play Bring Innovation to Singapore to Tackle Plastic Waste

August 25, 2020Singapore- 11 startsups shortlisted at inaugural Asia Pacific Selection Day in Singapore The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (Alliance) and Plug and Play announced today its 11 finalists for the Asia Pacific hub of the End Plastic Waste Innovation Platform – a 90-day accelerator programme that supports startups on their innovations in ending plastic waste. The competitive pitch via a virtual Selection Day was organised from Singapore. This is the organisers’ third selection hub, following successful programmes in Silicon Valley and Paris. Today, some three billion people in the world have limited to no access to municipal solid waste management systems. For example, according to a World Economic Forum’s National Plastic Action Report on Indonesia, 70% of Indonesia’s plastic waste, or... Read more >

From Plastic to Planks of Promise: Realising the Value of Plastic Waste Through Recycling

August 17, 2020Manila, Philippines- Alliance to End Plastic Waste and The Plastic Flamingo partner to increase plastic waste solutions in the Philippines The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (Alliance) announces its first partnership and investment in the Philippines with local social enterprise, The Plastic Flamingo. The partnership, named Planks of Promise, will scale up collection of plastic waste in the Metro Manila area, and process the collected plastic waste in a new recycling facility – turning it into “eco-planks”. The Plastic Flamingo, a social enterprise launched in the Philippines in 2019, provides a unique solution to the plastic waste problem. They work with investors, sponsors, and corporate partners – such as the Learning Tree preschools, Forbes Park community, and Enderun Colleges – to manage over 62 collection points to help collect, sort and recycle plastic waste. With the support of the Alliance, the Planks of Promise initiative aims to more than triple this number to... Read more >

Alliance and GIZ Launch Partnership to Reduce Plastic Waste in Ganges

July 28, 2020Rishikesh & Haridwar (India)- Coinciding with World Nature Conservation Day, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), launch the Aviral – Reducing Plastic Waste in the Ganga pilot project. This initiative aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the environment in the northern Indian cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh. In recent years, the amount of plastic waste has drastically increased in India. More specifically, this increase is affecting the two cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh. Renowned as important Hindu pilgrimage and cultural tourism destinations, in past years the boom in visitor numbers is increasingly leading to unmanageable amounts of plastic waste. Aviral seeks to pilot an approach to address waste management challenges. In... Read more >

Construction Starts on Waste Processing Facility in Jembrana, Bali

July 27, 2020Jembrana, Bali- 150,000 people in the Jembrana Regency, Bali will have a formal waste management system for the first time The Government of Jembrana Regency, in Northwest Bali, today commemorated the ground-breaking for a new waste processing facility. The facility is the regency’s first-ever solid waste management service that will benefit as many as 150,000 residents. It is a sustainable full waste management and recycling system that will also create new and permanent jobs for the community. The ground-breaking was carried out through a partnership between Project STOP Jembrana, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance), and the Jembrana Regency, and is a key milestone in effectively eliminating plastic waste leakage into the environment. The facility will be equipped with... Read more >

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste and UN-Habitat Partner to Tackle Plastic Waste in the Environment

July 21, 2020Singapore- New partnership will establish better waste and resource management strategies in high plastic waste leakage cities The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance) today announced a strategic partnership with UN-Habitat to implement solutions toward a circular economy, creating business and livelihood opportunities while enhancing resource recovery. The new partnership, which will kick off with projects in six target cities in Eastern Africa and Southern Asia, will use the UN-Habitat Waste Wise Cities (WWC) Tool to map waste flows and assess potential plastic leakage 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 focus on developing meaningful city projects in high plastic... Read more >

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste and China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation Partner to Jointly Tackle Plastic Waste in China

June 30, 2020Singapore/Beijing- New Partnership focuses on driving local solutions to end plastic waste in the environment​ The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance) today announced a strategic partnership with China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) to jointly promote the reduction and elimination of plastic waste in the natural environment in China. The new partnership will bring together the Alliance’s 47 leading global member companies and the strengths of CPCIF to jointly formulate a strategic approach to identify and collaboratively implement local solutions in China to address the plastic waste challenge. “No one country, company or community can solve the plastic waste challenge on their own. The Alliance believes in the collaboration of governments through public-private partnerships and long term... Read more >

African Parks Partner to Improve Waste Management in Protected Areas Across the Continent

June 23, 2020South Africa- The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance) and conservation non-profit African Parks today announced a collaboration to tackle plastic waste in up to 17 protected areas across the continent. Working with local communities, the collaboration will focus on combating the impacts of plastic waste in areas under management of African Parks, contributing further to global imperatives to boost sustainability and health in crucial ecosystems. The collaboration will support a number of sustainable solutions such as education and improving waste management systems to reduce plastic leakage, and engagement activities such as beach clean-ups. Photo credit: African Parks / Scott Ramsay “Very often the challenge of plastic waste in the environment is portrayed through images of polluted beaches, but it’s also prevalent in... Read more >

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