Austrian chemicals manufacturer Borealis AG has launched an initiative to accelerate waste management improvements in South-East Asia, the company has announced.
During its ‘Our Oceans Conference' on 5-6 Oct in Malta, the Austrian polyolefin producer announced project STOP - a €4m initiative which aims to make “a scalable front-line contribution to marine plastic debris prevention and ocean health.”
According to Borealis, a “successful” feasibility and scoping assessment was carried out in Indonesia between July and September.
“This assessment tested the concept of ‘system-enabler' partnerships with city governments - providing expertise and support to transition the waste management system to a zero-leakage pathway with increasing rates of plastics recycling, job creation in new after-use economies and public health benefits,” Borealis added.
The first city partnership which will be co-funded by local and global partners will be launched in 2018.