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Zero Plastic Waste Cities – Grameen Creative Lab

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Zero Plastic Waste Cities is a programme developed by the Grameen Creative Lab, an organisation founded in 2009 by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus and the Alliance to End Plastic waste. The programme aims to create financially self-sustaining ways to enable improved municipal waste management systems – using approaches that could scale these social businesses to additional cities in 2021. It harnesses the informal market to close the loop on waste collection and sorting, while providing waste pre-processing plants and recycling/composting solutions for segregated waste.

The Approach

To facilitate the continued growth in these two cities, the Alliance is partnering with Grameen Creative Lab, a social business consultant founded and led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Together, we have started the Zero Plastic Waste City project, which implements a social business model to build sustainable waste management systems.

The Zero Plastic Waste City project aims to develop and deploy waste management solutions in these two cities, and engage the local communities to take ownership of these waste management systems and reap their benefits. Waste will be collected from communities, sorted into various outputs, and converted into reusable source of plastic. This resource can then be leveraged by the local communities as a source of income.

The Progress

Currently, a feasibility study is being conducted to determine the best option for the plastic waste conversion output, to ensure long-term adoption in each community. The cities will run pilot programmes to find out which option best serves their needs.

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