Tackling plastic waste management in Asia

Published 23 January 2023

With 12bnt of plastic waste predicted in the environment by 2050, the OPTOCE Regional Forum, held on 27-28 October 2022, discussed tackling plastic waste management in China, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. By Dr Kåre Helge Karstensen, Palash Kumar Saha and Anneli Alatalo Paulsen, SINTEF, Norway.

The two-day OPTOCE Regional Forum included more than 80 in-person attendees and 60 online participants

The Norwegian funded project ‘Ocean Plastic Turned into an Opportunity in Circular Economy (OPTOCE)’ is part of the Norwegian development programme on marine littering and microplastics. OPTOCE aims to investigate if and how the cement industry can be involved and increase the treatment capacity for non-recyclable plastic wastes (NRPW) in the five OPTOCE partner countries of China, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, thereby contributing to reducing the release of microplastics into the sea.

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