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JULY 2024

Responsible Sourcing Initiative reaches first milestone in Viet Nam to understand key challenges and solutions to support informal waste workers

The Circulate Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the ocean plastic pollution challenge in emerging markets, has identified better income and access to health insurance as amongst the key opportunities to improve the working conditions and livelihoods of Viet Nam’s informal waste workers.

MAY 2024

New Harmonized Framework released in global collective effort to adopt responsible sourcing practices in the plastics recycling supply chain

The Circulate Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the ocean plastic pollution challenge in emerging markets, is calling on global brands, investors, and other value chain actors to respect the rights of informal waste sector workers and waste pickers by adopting a newly released Harmonized Responsible Sourcing Framework for Recycled Plastics. 


HP Inc. announced as the Responsible Sourcing Initiative’s brand partner in Viet Nam to create responsible supply chains for recycled plastics

With funding from HP Inc., The Circulate Initiative and the United Nations Development Programme in Viet Nam (UNDP Viet Nam) will implement projects to improve the livelihoods of informal waste workers.


Ocean Conservancy, The Circulate Initiative, and Resilient Cities Network Announce Three New Cities to Join Urban Ocean®

Salvador, Brazil; Santa Fe, Argentina; and Bangkok, Thailand, are latest cities to join initiative to tackle ocean plastic pollution.


New findings reveal critical gap in private capital directed towards tackling plastic pollution in emerging economies

Ahead of upcoming negotiations on the global plastics treaty, new insights reveal that almost 90% of private investments into plastic circularity since 2018 were made in North America and Europe.


NextWave Plastics Expands Consortium Supplier Network with the Addition of Heng Hiap Industries (HHI), Ocean Recovery Group, and PLIHSA

The consortium of global businesses deepens engagement in three regions, the Caribbean, Central America, and Southeast Asia.

JULY 2023

Recycling all mismanaged plastic waste in South and Southeast Asia could reduce GHG emissions by over 200 million tonnes by 2030

GHG savings across India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam would be equivalent to shutting down 61 coal-fired power plants

JUNE 2023

The Circulate Initiative unveils Responsible Sourcing Initiative to uplift informal workers across the global plastic waste value chain

With program funding from Minderoo Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company, the initiative aims to improve the lives of over 50,000 informal waste workers by 2025

JUNE 2023

NextWave Plastics and The Circulate Initiative join forces to advance industry collaboration for healthier oceans

As NextWave Plastics celebrates 5 years, the consortium of multinational brands reaffirms commitment to keeping plastic out of the ocean through socially responsible ocean-bound plastic supply chains

MARCH 2023

World-first investment tracker for plastics circularity provides new insights on the financing gap in emerging markets

Access to investment data will enable strategic decision-making and mobilize further private capital to advance plastics circularity


The Circulate Initiative Expands Team with Two Key Appointments

The addition of experienced industry experts marks a new chapter of accelerated efforts to tackle plastic pollution and advance circularity

APRIL 2022

Delterra and The Circulate Initiative Release New Report that provides roadmap for promoting Pro-Recycling Behavior Change in the global south

Analysis of three recycling projects in the global south reveals that a combination of infrastructure and engagement initiatives can address common barriers


Delterra and The Circulate Initiative Release a Thought-Provoking Report on the ROI of Behavior Change in Recycling

Analysis of three recycling projects in emerging economies shows that investing in behavior change pays for itself in recycling outcomes and is key to making the economics of recycling work


The Circulate Initiative Announces Appointment of Two New Board Members

Announcing the appointment of Jeep Kline and Ariel Muller to TCI's board of directors


The Circulate Initiative Launches Open-sourced Plastic Waste Climate Impact Calculator

First tool tracking market-specific environmental impact of plastic waste management in Asia

JUNE 2020

The Circulate Initiative, Ocean Conservancy and Global Resilient Cities Network Announce First Cohort of Partner Cities for Urban Ocean Program

Can Tho (Vietnam), Melaka (Malaysia), Semarang (Indonesia), Pune (India) and Panama City (Panama) join program to implement scalable waste management solutions that prevent ocean plastic and advance resilient, circular economies


Incubate, Measure and Amplify: The Circulate Initiative Launches Strategy to End Plastic Pollution and Build Thriving Circular Economies

The Incubation Network developed with SecondMuse is The Circulate Initiative’s flagship program, supporting innovators across South and Southeast Asia and creating the conditions they need to succeed

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