THE MISSING DATA
Each year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste enters our oceans, equating to five full trash bags along every inch of coastline worldwide. An estimated 80% of ocean plastics is a result of mismanaged waste from five Asian nations. For this reason, many climate leaders recognize that optimizing plastic waste management across this region is an impactful first step to ending the crisis.
However, as the layers are peeled back, an important ingredient is missing: data.
Across South and Southeast Asia, there is currently limited to no transparency and visibility of plastic waste flows. This condition is largely on account of a lack of reliable, consistent, and accurate plastic waste data, as well as the resources to apply data technologies in order to optimize waste management systems.
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
The Incubator Network, an ocean plastics innovation initiative powered by Circulate Initiative and SecondMuse, is launching The Plastics Data Challenge with Global Initiatives to explore technologies at the nexus of data and plastic waste and to address the data barrier in the world’s ocean plastic crisis. The challenge will source, support and scale innovations from around the globe to develop cost-effective, scalable plastic data collection, visualisation, and analysis solutions to be applied in South and Southeast Asian markets. The challenge will be announced and officially launched at the 8th Annual Responsible Business Forum, Circularity 2030, on November 19th, 2019 in Singapore. This announcement will be streamed into auditoriums of universities around the world, reaching an audience of over 10,000 people.
For more information, please refer to the information deck here.
CALLING FOR PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS
If you or your organisation would like to contribute your insights or time to help build cutting-edge solutions to reducing plastics in our oceans, please contact Ria at firstname.lastname@example.org