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World Environment Day 2018: Beat Plastic Pollution

Article | 28 May 2018

Beating plastic pollution is an important step in preventing environmental degradation.

Plastic touches almost every part of modern society, finding multiple uses from household items to building materials to food and beverage. Its impact on the environment and health are staggering.

It is estimated that 50% of all plastic used is single use. Nearly one third of plastic packaging escapes waste collection systems, polluting the environment and entering the world’s oceans.

The top 5 contributors of ocean plastic are Asia-Pacific countries: Indonesia, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, according to a 2016 report from Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment. If left unaddressed, some research suggests that by 2050 there will be more plastics than fish in the world’s oceans, threatening biodiversity and food safety.

Beating plastic pollution is an important step in preventing environmental degradation and biodiversity loss, strengthening food security, and reducing negative health impacts.

The Asian Development Bank supports its developing member countries in addressing plastic pollution through investments and technical assistance in solid waste management, natural resource management, urban development and green cities, and water and sanitation.

Learn more about addressing the plastic pollution crisis in Asia:

  • A case study on how the Sudokwon Landfill in the Republic of Korea uses smart technologies and best practices to meet Seoul’s urban waste management needs. Read more

  • A case study on how an enhanced 10-year integrated waste management plan will make waste collection financially viable in Quezon City, one of the largest cities in the Philippines. Read more

  • A case study on how Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, is tackling the challenges of privatizing waste collection and management. Read more

  • A blog exploring five lessons from the efforts of five Asian cities to manage their solid waste better. Read more

  • A look at Metro Manila’s waste disposal history and practices, and how the city aims to address its solid waste management challenges. Read more

  • A case study on how Singapore built one of the world’s cleanest offshore landfills while preserving marine life and maintaining its natural ecosystems. Read more

  • Findings from efforts of five cities in Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand to upgrade their municipal waste management plans. Read more

  • A blog on how people’s attitude toward the establishment of dumpsites in communities remains a key obstacle in addressing the Philippines’ solid waste problem. Read more

  • A blog explaining why plastic pollution should be stopped from destroying the Coral Triangle. Read more