3R Initiative

3RI PILOT PROJECTS

Insights, data and information collected from the pilot projects will help in the development of a reliable and transparent Plastic Standard

OUR PILOT PROJECTS

Twenty-four projects on six continents are currently piloting the Plastic Waste Reduction Standard. The piloting process will be complete by the end of 2020, and the projects will be eligible to register with the Plastic Program upon its launch in 2021. Pilots help us understand how the Standard is used in practice and work through issues that only come up through application by actual waste collection and recycling activities.

These pilot projects share the goal of contributing to plastic waste reduction. Activities promoted by pilot projects include, among others, plastic waste recovery from the environment by informal actors, development of infrastructure for plastic waste collection and sorting, and development of mechanical and chemical recycling facilities.

For descriptions of the pilot projects, browse through the map and click any of the icons. The different colored icons represent different pilot project streams: blue icons represent our Corporate pilot projects, red icons represent External pilot projects, and green icons represent the Independent testing projects.

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Lamongan Regency, East Java, Indonesia
Tempat Pemrosesan Sampah Terpadu (TPST) Lamongan

Coming soon.

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Nairobi, Kenya
Single-use PP Recovery & Recycling

rePurpose Global with Taka Taka, Kenya have completed a pilot for collection and recycling of otherwise uncollected single-use PP containers into hot-washed PP flakes, a first of its kind project in Kenya. Baseline: Currently there is no collection of single use PP containers, HDPE, PP and BoPP flexibles, given high cost of collection and no […]

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India
Recovery & Conversion of Plastic Waste into usable fuels

The main objective of the project is to achieve social transformation through technology innovation in the waste sector that supports environmental, social and economic sustainability under the pathway of a circular economy. The project will replace poor baseline conditions such as unawareness, improper waste handling \u0026 disposal, ineffective \u0026 inefficient collection process, no-recovery and no-recycling […]

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Kelantan State, Malaysia
Reduce Plastic in Dumpsite by formalising Waste Pickers

Founded by 2 ex-McKinsey consultants and current WWF/SystemIQ consultants, Plastic Loop helps organizations to fulfill their plastic reduction and recycling goals. Plastic Loop plans to steer significant investment into the underfunded waste management sector in Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. Setting up material recovery facilities on unsanitary landfills and employing former waste pickers will […]

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Southwest region, United Kingdom
Paddle for Plastic Campaign

The Paddle for Plastic Campaign was launched in 2017 to raise awareness and enable community groups and individuals alike to start recovering plastic from otherwise inaccessible stretches of coastline and waterways by means of our 100% recycled plastic kayaks made by incorporating marine plastics. Since then the campaign went viral after featuring on prime-time BBC’s […]

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Hmawbi Township/Yagon city, Myanmar
Scaling of Recycling Capacity of Post-Consumer Plastic film & Bottles

Since 2017, Myanmar Recycles (MR) has provided a critical solution to Myanmar’s growing contaminated plastic waste problem. MR has developed a commercial market for plastic recycling with an initial focus on difficult-to-collect and recycle post-consumer plastic film and HDPE containers. MR collects, sorts, and washes this waste, then pelletizes and sells it as plastic resin. […]

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The Netherlands
Clariter (The NL)

Clariter is a global clean-tech company that has created a revolutionary process which addresses the world’s plastic waste problem. Since its formation in 2003, Clariter’s technology has provided a new alternative for plastic recycling. While the industry is currently turning plastic into new plastic, energy, or fuel, Clariter’s unique process transforms plastic waste into high-value, […]

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Medellin, Colombia
Reciclar en Caja

Reciclar en Caja is a new project in Medellin, Colombia, to increase the recovery and recycling rate of post consumer beverage cartons (herein, UBC). The project is led by TetraPak, under the company Circular Economy Strategy. Within the strategy, there are 4 main objectives to boost the UBC recovery and recycling:– Increase consumer awareness about […]

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Haiti
Recycling Fleet Expansion in Haiti

This project funds a fleet of trucks to move recyclable material from collection and sorting centers to recycling facilities, bolstering volumes of materials that are collected and recycled in Haiti. Funding enables a consistent stream of material for processing and export.

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Region of Kalyan-Dombivali, Maharashtra, India
Recovery and Recycling of Non-Biodegradable Plastic Wastes to Combustible Oil Fuel

This project collects and converts non-biodegradable plastic waste into a reusable form of fuel through a de-polymerization process in India. “De-polymerization” involves thermal heat induction using electrical energy for the conversion of plastic into oils by gas chromatography. The project helps bring a sustainable way of managing plastic waste.

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Banyuwangi, Indonesia
Project Stop

Muncar is coastal fishing community in Banyuwangi, Indonesia. With minimal waste services in place, the majority of citizens are forced to dump their waste directly into the environment. Muncar was chosen as the first PROJECT STOP location due to the seriousness of the challenge, coupled with strong leadership and environmental commitment at national, regency and local levels.​According […]

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Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia
Ocean Packaging Recovery Systems

Bintan is part of the Riau Archipelago in Indonesia. Its entire eastern coastline is in a Marine Protected Area and unfortunately is subject to above average levels of ocean plastic pollution. Seven Clean Seas employs a cleanup crew of 22 to remove ghost nets, high value and low value plastics from the marine environment, focussing […]

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Segari Lestari, Bali, Indonesia
Les Village Plastic Recovery and Recycling Project

This project recovers post-use plastic from households, businesses and programs in the community which it mechanically recycles into plastic shreds using the Plastic Collective mobile Shruder Recycling Station. The goal of the project is to recycle post-use plastic into a saleable and practical resource.

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City of Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Increasing Plastic Recycling in the City of Sarasota, FL

This project provides financial and technical assistance to support the implementation of cart-based curbside recycling in Florida, USA to increase the volume of recyclable materials (including plastics) available for recycling. See project description and brief video here.

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Ghana
Ghana Plastic Waste Recovery and Recycling Projects

This project engages waste picker groups in the recovery of plastic waste from the environment in Ghana. There are community collection points with balers to collect the recovered waste, and a sorting center to sort the plastic waste by type and process before transportation to recycling facilities.

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Malaysia
Expand Beverage Cartons’ Collection Through Multi-Stakeholders Partnership

This project collects and and enables the recycling of used beverage cartons (UBCs) in Malaysia through the development and implementation of multi-stakeholder partnership platforms.

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Hyderabad, India
Ethical Recovery and Safe Disposal of Multilaminate Plastic (MLP) Waste

This first-of-its-kind project entails recovery and safe disposal of Multi-Laminate Plastic (MLP), to stem its flow into our natural ecosystem.The project creates financial incentives for informal waste workers to collect otherwise uncollected MLP from private and commercial establishments and sale to our partner, Waste Ventures. The project further subsidizes the processing, transportation and finally co-processing […]

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North Queensland, Australia
Banana Bunch Plastic Recovery Project

This project has established a partnership with a commercial waste collection company for on-farm collection of banana bunch covers, poly pipe and twine in Australia. The collected plastic waste will be sorted and baled before disposal at controlled landfill or recycling facilities.

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Barrio 31, Buenos Aires, Argentina
ATR, A Todo Reciclaje

Rethinking Recycling has introduced a recycling system in Barrio 31, one of Buenos Aires’ most iconic slums, under the local program name A Todo Reciclaje. Working together with the city government and the local waste cooperatives, McKinsey.org has empowered cooperative workers to educate the community on how to source separate waste, optimize collection, build and […]

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Saint Lucia
Replast OECS

The Pilot Plastic Waste Recycling Project in the OECS (RePLAST OECS), is a two-year pilot initiative currently being implemented in Saint Lucia by UNITE Caribbean, a pan-Caribbean technical assistance and sustainable development partner. The RePLAST OECS Project is aimed at testing approaches and systems for setting-up a plastic waste collection and recycling scheme through export from Saint Lucia to Caribbean plastic recycling facilities, in a circular economy model.

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El Salvador
Recycling Central America

This is a thin film plastic recovery and recycling project that collects from various sources, including North America. The project collects post-industrial as well as post-consumer plastic waste and, from this, recycles thin film plastic (LDPE and HDPE) in its plant in El Salvador. The recycled pellets from this process are used in the company’s […]

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Buenaventura, Nuqui and Guiajira, Colombia
Circular Economy for Crediting: A Community based Economic Solution through Plastic Collection

This project installs trash collection centers in coastal areas of Colombia that lack waste management facilities. The trash collection centers are connected via a private collection agent to recyclers of PET for subsequent sale of recycled PET to textile manufacturers.

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