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Project STOP Ocean Plastics

Advancing waste management and stopping plastic leakage to the ocean in South-East Asia

Borealis and SYSTEMIQ have joined forces on a new initiative to stop plastic waste leaking into the environment, improve public health and ultimately drive resource efficiency through a circular economy of plastics in South-East Asia. 

STOP works with cities to create effective waste management systems that collect waste from every household and business and eliminate leakage of plastics into the ocean. Rather than building traditional linear waste systems where waste is collected and simply disposed at landfill, STOP also aims to create circular waste systems where the majority of hard-to-recycle waste is recycled into new products and the resulting economic value lowers the financial burden of the waste system on the city. 

Circular waste systems not only increase the efficient use of resources, they permanently reduce ocean plastic leakage while opening social and economic benefits for communities. Furthermore, the STOP team supports cities with technical expertise and skills transfer, funding and sustained implementation support. Insights and approaches are shared globally, magnifying impact.

Initiated in spring 2017 and publicly launched in October 2017 by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, the initiative is funded by the Borealis Social Fund and benefits from technical advice and expertise from a range of expert partners.

The first city partnership is in Muncar, a coastal fishing community located 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 STOP location due to the seriousness of the challenge, coupled with strong leadership and environmental commitment at national, regency and local levels.

The three objectives of Project STOP are: 

  1. Zero leakage of waste into the environment by ensuring waste collection services are available to all households and businesses, through increasing pick-up points, sorting facilities and staff
  2. Increased recycling of plastics by strengthening the supply chain from waste collection to waste management companies
  3. Benefits for the local community by creating new jobs in the waste management system and reducing the impacts of mismanaged waste on public health, tourism and fisheries.

Project STOP also targets wider impact on government policy and industry practices and seek to support other practitioners and communities working on this issue. 

To learn more about the project, watch the video below.

Project STOP
Virginia Mesicek

External Communications Manager

Tel: +43 1 22 400 772