CLOSING THE LOOP: Unlocking the informal economy in an inclusive circular economy approach

Over half of global land-based plastic waste leakage into the ocean originates in just five Asian countries. Yet, the
contribution of informal waste management to reducing pollution, remains largely overlooked. The United
Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is gathering evidence in pilot cities in
Asia to identify opportunities to return plastic resources into the production cycle by linking informal and formal
waste processes.
This initiative is implemented by ESCAP’s Environment and Development Division based in Bangkok, in close
partnership with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia office and Kashtakari Panchayat based in Pune,
India –the local partner of Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). The initiative will
run from April to December 2018, building a foundation for future collaboration.

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Closing the Loop