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UNEP-AIST Workshop on "Waste Plastics Management in Developing Countries, 1-4 March 2011

UNEP-IETC has been operating a 3-year pilot project to convert waste plastics into resources in Thailand and the Philippines based on the 3R approach since 2009 with the support of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). In order to undertake an interim review of this pilot project, IETC organized the “Workshop on Waste Plastics Management in Developing Countries” with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki from 1 to 4 March 2011.

In the workshop, information was shared on the current situation in Thailand and the Philippines as well as technologies from Japan. The participants from Thailand and the Philippines reported on the results of survey and analysis of generated waste volume, composition and disposal, and actual projects to convert waste plastics recovered from waste treatment plants into oils in both countries, along with other practical examples of fuel conversion and recycling of waste plastics. Japanese private companies attending the workshop introduced their technologies for converting waste plastics into recycled resins, refuse derived fuels, oils and gases, and presented examples of relevant projects in Japan and developing countries. In addition to demonstrating how their machines convert waste plastics into fuels, the companies also exhibited device models, fuels and recycled products.

GEC participated in the workshop and made a presentation at the workshop entitled “Eco-town Initiatives by Private Sectors and Local Governments in Japan” introducing private sector and local government initiatives on plastic recycling in eco-towns in Japan, as well as their success factors and unique efforts in promoting the recycling industry.

To conclude the workshop, IETC coordinated a discussion with participants regarding the role of stakeholders and the requirements for disseminating these technologies in each country.

Presentation materials of the workshop are available from UNEP/IETC's website at:

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