The Circulate Initiative
Asia can create a blueprint for plastic circularity
Author: Ellen Martin
With a waste management and recycling industry that is ripe for disruption, policy pathways in place for recycling innovation and investment, and a large workforce that can benefit from the growth of circular industries, Asia has the potential to play a leading role in the development of the legally binding instrument to prevent plastic pollution.
Asia can also demonstrate the important role policy can play to uplift the millions of informal sector workers, who play a crucial role in the waste management and recycling ecosystem in many emerging economies. With smart policy, a dynamic entrepreneurial community, and a genuine desire to bring about sustainable change, Asian countries like India and Indonesia have boldly embraced circular value chains, demonstrating their value and providing a powerful blueprint to other markets.