Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a Singapore-based-NGO working in the environmental sector, plans to invest between $70 million to 100 million in India over the next five years to majorly to reduce plastic waste. Jacob Duer, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the organisation said that India is a very important focus for the Alliance.
The Alliance has set a target to invest between $70 to $100 million in India over the next five years. And we are looking to establish a presence in India by the end of year. But all the dates are in the air now given the Covid-19 situation.
India currently generates around 26,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day, over 10,000 tonnes of which is not collected, said Duer, citing figures from the India Central Pollution Board.
Duer, a former representative of a United Nations Environment Programme team that negotiated and concluded (Minamata Convention on Mercury with the Indian Environment authority in 2017), said the Alliance is already working on a good number of projects with more in the pipeline. The latest project by the Alliance and Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is the Aviral Reducing Plastic Waste in the Ganga. The initiative, which was announced on July 28, coinciding with Nature Conservative Day, aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the environment in the northern Indian cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Aviral seeks to pilot an approach to address waste management challenges. In particular, it will focus on strengthening an integrated plastic waste management system, he said.
Following the two-year pilot in the two cities, the partnership aims to scale this initiative across partnering cities in India, he added. The other big project by the Alliance, in collaboration with the UN-Habitat, is to implement solutions toward a circular economy, creating business and livelihood opportunities while enhancing resource recovery. Announced on July 22, the Alliance-UN Habitat strategic partnership has initiated projects in six cities, including Thiruvananthapuram and Mangalore. The others are Nairobi and Mombasa as well as Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar.
The programme supports the Alliance's focus on developing meaningful city projects in high plastic waste leakage communities, and the WWC Challenge to clean up and establish sustainable waste management in 20 cities around the world by 2022.