Overview on plastic waste in the rivers and seas of South Asia

Recycling and recovery

The South Asian region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) is the third largest source of plastic waste pollution in the world. This pollution significantly affects the region.

Seureca, in partnership with IMC, was contracted by the World Bank to conduct a plastic pollution survey for this region's rivers and seas in order to outline a more harmonized monitoring, management, and policy model for plastic waste reduction, and ultimately propose a more circular economy model for plastics. 

Our solution

To assess the amount of discharged plastic waste and to better identify pollution sources, our teams conducted a:

  1. Flow analysis for plastics (from import or production through to use, the generating of plastic waste, its recycling, recovery, landfilling, and discharge into the natural environment);
  2. Analysis of the policies and regulations governing the plastic chain;
  3. Stakeholder analysis (a cartography of the different active players in the plastic chain and understanding their relationships and dynamics);
  4. Analysis of risk zones for plastic pollution (the identification and mapping via GIS tools of the critical pollution zones)


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