Following a competitive process, ten projects kicked off in January 2022 for the first phase of delivery, which focuses on proving feasibility.
The SMEP programme goes beyond plastics recycling and includes scope for upstream solutions to plastics pollution, i.e. materials substitution or biodegradation of plastics. The projects were selected based on their strong potential to:
significantly reduce plastics waste in the environment by introducing new, innovative solutions;
The issue of plastic pollution entering ecosystems has become a significant environmental issue, acting as a health, economic and social drag, especially in developing countries. At the national level, solutions involve multiple dimensions, such as material substitution, better manufacturing patterns, policy incentives, as well as promoting and upscaling innovation. Social dimensions are an equally important consideration, therefore, formalizing women’s participation in better manufacturing and waste management decisions could significantly contribute to the fight against plastic pollution.