March 21, 2023
  • It is launched in partnership with Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) and will focus on:
    • End-to-end management of plastic waste by promoting segregation of waste at source and collection of segregated waste.
    • Setting up Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) or Swachhata Kendras for recycling all kinds of plastic waste along the value chain.
    • Social Inclusion of 20,000 Safal Saathis or waste pickers through access to government welfare schemes and linkages etc.
    • Building capacities of Urban Local Bodies for adopting MRFs model for plastic and dry waste management.
  • Initiative is a scale-up of existing partnership under UNDP’s flagship Plastic Waste Management Programme to develop a sustainable model for plastic waste management in India. It promotes collection, segregation, and recycling of all plastics to move towards a circular economy.

Circular economy

  • An alternative to current linear economy, circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible to:
    • Extend life cycle of products.
    • Reduce waste to a minimum by creating further value.
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