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Closing the Loop

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What does the project hope to achieve?

 

 

What does the project hope to achieve?
What does the project hope to achieve?

 

 

The development and use of innovation and smart technology to monitor, assess and sustainably manage plastic waste in cities

Urban policy and investment strategies that apply circular economy approaches on managing plastic

 

How are we going to achieve this?

 

Utilizing Technology
 
Utilizing Technology​

The project uses the latest technology to monitor plastic waste in cities, including; satellite tracking of plastic debris, drone imagery and AI to identify and categorise plastic and create a detailed map of plastic movement.

Opensource Learning
 
Opensource Learning

We have engaged our global partners and leading researchers to create an online learning course to build capacities in local governments and the private sector to manage plastic waste in cities more efficiently.

Scientific​ Methodology​
 
Scientific​ Methodology​

The development of Closing the Loop has involved some of the leading researchers in marine plastic waste to incorporate collective knowledge and the latest scientific methodology at every step.

Mapping Waterways
 
Mapping Waterways​

As we enter the Decade of Ocean Science and Sustainable Development, the project's long-term aim is to create a virtual map of ocean plastic in the region to allow cities to manage plastic waste better now and in the future.​

Facts & Statistics
 
11 Million​ Tonnes

The amount of plastic waste entering the marine environment globally every year.​


More Plastic than Fish by 2050

It is estimated that if we do nothing and current trends continue by 2050 there will be more plastic in our ocean than fish.​


Rivers are Plastic Conduits

10 rivers carry more than 90% of the plastic waste that ends up in the oceans, 6 of these rivers are in Asia.​​


Only 9% of plastic has been recycled

12% has been incinerated while 79% is pilling up in landfills and the natural environment.


99% of plastics are derived dirty resources

These include non-renewables like; oil, gas, and coal. If current trends continue, by 2050 the plastic industry could account for 20% of the world’s total oil consumption.


300 Million Tonnes

The amount of plastic waste produced each year, that’s nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire human population.


USD $2.1 Billion

The cost of direct damage by marine plastic pollution to the ASEAN regions blue economy.​ Link


USD $568.9 Billion

12% has been incinerated while 79% is pilling up in landfills and the natural environment.​ Link

 

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