4th Workshop on

Sustainable Management of Plastic

to Leverage Circular Economy and Achieve SDG in Bangladesh

Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021. 10.00 AM – 1.00 PM (Dhaka)

Click here to register The plastic waste pollutes land, flows into river systems and, ultimately into oceans, posing national, regional, and global threats to development, including far-reaching economic, ecological and health impacts. The convenience of plastics has resulted in fast growing demand, but mismanaged plastic waste has also created a mounting pollution crisis, eroding ecological systems like rivers and oceans.

In order to tackle the issues around pollution and its effects, the World Bank initiated collaboration with the Department of Environment (DoE) and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in February 2019. A joint event was organized on Sustainable Management of Plastics to Leverage Circular Economy and Achieve SDGs in Bangladesh. This was followed by a second event on September 2019 which focused on the discussion of policy reform, especially on Extended Producer Responsibility and a pilot designed together with stakeholders. A third event in July 2020 focused on innovation and included consultation of the World Bank-funded Plastic Free Rivers and Seas for South Asia Regional Project which provides grant support for innovations. The fourth event of the series includes presentation by the finalists of the PROBLUE funded Plastic Circularity Innovation Challenge, consultation of the Action Plan for sustainable management plastics, and launch of the awareness raising video.

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Judges for Plastic Circularity Innovation Challenge



Innovation: An Integrated Plastic Waste Management System through a Micro-credit Business Model
‘Amity’ is formed by two undergraduate engineering students both studying at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) - Farhana Haque, majoring in Civil Engineering and Sadman Fakid, majoring in Chemical Engineering. Their solution to #BeatPlasticPollution is an integrated management of plastic wastes where they present a micro-credit business model addressing unemployment and involving... multi-modal approach to plastic waste collection, sorting and recycling.

The target of the project is to increase circulation of plastics through increasing the recycling rate and facilitate the segregation of the wastes or to promote segregation at source.
Innovation: A Bot Collecting the Waste Materials for Keeping the Water Bodies Clean
3 Electrical and Electronics Engineering students from North South University built a team and made a device which would not only bring excellent grades but also #BeatPlasticPollution. The idea was to build an extremely budget-friendly floating-aquatic-waste-cleaning robot made up of readily available cheap materials and with minimal human labor. The process of keeping standstill or low-current water bodies free of floating plastic waste... is still done traditionally. This project discusses the implementation of a robot that can reduce or even nullify human effort to solve one of the biggest problems of the modern era, i.e., floating waste management in the ponds and lakes. Plastic waste in reservoirs does a lot of damage, not only to the water purity and aquatic life but also to the complete ecosystem. This bot is made of floatable material that will hover on the water to collect the waste materials resulting in cleaning our water bodies.
Enroute Greeneries Limited (EGL)
Innovation: Cleaning Plastic Garbage in Beach Areas and the Surrounding with a Complete Plastic Waste Circularity Innovation Process
Marketing professional Nurul Hasan and his Enroute Greeneries Limited team have always been passionate about sustainability. Non-decomposable plastic garbage is threatening the beaches and surrounding environment of Cox’s Bazar. EGL’s Clean Cox’s Bazar and Sustainable Waste Management (plastic waste) project will conduct a series of activities to keep Cox’s Bazar free from plastic pollution. They shall be divided into the following but... not limited to: a) Awareness Program, b) Daily Activity/Plastic Collection and c) Sustainable Solution for Plastic Waste. EGL wants to start up cleaning plastic garbage in beach areas and the surrounding with a complete plastic waste circularity innovation process, aiming to turn plastic waste into plastic resource, while creating employment opportunity for around 500 people.
Innovation: A Digital Platform for Recycling Waste & Creating Opportunities
Garbageman is ‘Recycling Platform’ which is a free incentive-based digital way for environmentally conscious individuals, households, restaurants, and organizations who will donate recyclable waste for recycling and upcycling purpose. This platform will formalize the supply chain of recyclables like plastic, paper, aluminium, glass, metal and e-waste and connect with compliant recyclers. By creating a link between various stakeholders for... collection, this project will create opportunities for ‘Green Jobs’, conduct research and development to create scope to recycle and upcycle waste which has no value in the current market.
Green Beans
Innovation: ‘Bottle Economy’ Model
Green Beans is a team with a common vision of making an impact in this world. Mohammad Rayed and Asma Arisha are students of Computer Science and Engineering at North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Having similar visions, they joined hands with another fellow mate, Mahdi Ahmed who studies Information and Communication Technology at Bangladesh University of Professionals. The team came up with the model... ‘Bottle Economy’ which is a platform where locals connect with their nearest wholesalers to sell plastic wastes. It encourages them to recycle plastics by providing monetary incentives. Our goal is to build recycling mentality in the local communities of Bangladesh as well as reduce the amount of plastic discharge in the environment. The venture uses USSD, a decade-old mobile communication protocol to connect the poor people and scavengers with local recyclers, allowing them to sell plastic wastes directly while limiting the role of intermediaries. The project with its social, economic, and environmental impact has the potential to help the Bangladeshi people.
Ocean Life
Innovation: An Online Community to Stop Plastic Waste from Waterways
‘Ocean Life’ has been working to spread awareness against plastic pollution since 2017. This is an online community, aimed to stop plastic waste from entering the waterways by intercepting at its source. Ocean Life creates and designs innovative awareness approaches to collect and reduce plastic waste from the environment as well as research the techniques of recycling to turn the waste into sustainable products. They are... focused to create a conscious generation to adopt reusing and proper waste disposal techniques through their website and multiple social media platforms.

For example, on the popular social media platform Instagram, Ocean Life posts about marine life and promotes awareness to half a million-plus followers. Their monthly posts have 5 million-plus reach. Their posts have multiple contents concerning marine life on a daily basis while inspiring people to #BeatPlasticPollution by encouraging everyone to entirely redesign and rethink behaviors relating to the consumption and production of plastic.
Secret Ingredient
Innovation: ‘Starve the Plastic Monster’ Project
Through ‘Starve the Plastic Monster Project’ the Secret Ingredient team wants to educate school children about the dangers of plastic pollution and motivate them to collect the low value plastic using Inter School Collecting Competition. Since 78% of the single-use plastic wastes are generated in urban areas of Bangladesh and school children are the contributing majority to this rate, the team has... chosen children as the main project-target.

After collecting the plastics they will be converted into manmade fossil fuel by the process of pyrolysis which will be used as the plastic diesel in the brick kilns. Since our brick kilns use a lot of natural gas reserve – this project works both for the plastic waste management and the global energy crisis parallelly.
Innovation: A Field Data Collecting & Tracking App for Positive Environmental Change
A bunch of freethinkers from Bangladesh, dedicated to make a positive change in the world. Despite coming from different age-ranges and professions, the drive to formulate impactful solutions and the belief in inclusivity unites them at the end of the day. ‘Transplast’ is a field data collecting and tracking application, solely made to bring a positive environmental change in our country... Its aim is to collect information about the rate of plastic mismanagement in different regions of the country and track the nearest place to recycle or manage it, while also focusing on the inclusion of underprivileged people, precisely the transgender community.

* All the names mentioned are arranged in alphabetical order.

3rd Plastic Conference

Sustainable Management of Plastic

3rd Workshop on Sustainable Management of Plastic to Leverage Circular Economy and Achieve SDG in Bangladesh

July 22, 2020 at 10.00am – 1.00pm Dhaka time.

The workshop will be organized by the World Bank in association with the Department of Environment (DoE) and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). In February 2019, the MoEFCC, DoE, supported by the World Bank and other partners organized the event on Sustainable Management of Plastics to Leverage Circular Economy and Achieve SDGs in Bangladesh. The second event held in September 2019 focused on the discussion on policy reform, especially on Extended Producer Responsibility and designed its pilot together with stakeholders. The third event will launch innovation contest calling for solutions that fit to EPR scheme currently being discussed with the stakeholders in Bangladesh. It will also include consultation of the World Bank funded Plastic Free Rivers and Seas for South Asia Regional Project which provides grant support for innovations.