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


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 recovery and recycling activities.


These pilots 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.


These Pilot Projects have been selected by our Corporate Members to test and implement the 3RI solutions. Other pilots have been selected through an open call for external projects.

PROJECT STOP, Muncar, Indonesia

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 to a recent community survey, households here generate roughly 40 tons of waste per day, while 90% of the community is without waste services. Through Project STOP, an increasing number of Muncar households and business are receiving waste collection and recycling processing, some for the first time.


  • More than 30,000 people served with waste management collection (most for the first time)

  • 60 full time jobs created

  • 1,800 tons of waste (of which 300 tons of plastic) collected

Our Goal: Zero leakage of waste into the environment, grow local employment and provide replicable solutions and innovations for other cities.


Medellin, Colombia

The project aims to increase the collection of UBC in Medellin and surrounding areas. Apart from its tangible environmental impact the project also seeks to raise awareness about recyclability locally and support the waste pickers in improving their livelihoods. The project works with two waste pickers’ associations: Corpoccidente and COCJAN

Main Goals:

  • To develop local sustainable recycling value chain.

  • To design and develop local collection value chain.

  • To provide the participating waste picker associations with new equipment.

  • To raise awareness about recycling among consumers and boost the effectiveness of waste collection (via mobile app connecting local consumers with waste pickers to facilitate collection of waste).


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 Pilots, red icons represent External Pilot Projects, and green icons represent the Independent Testing Projects, which are working on their own to provide feedback to the Plastic Program.

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