Plastic pollution is a result of waste mismanagement and the over consumption of plastic. Many countries lack adequate infrastructure to manage wastes, resulting in materials being discarded inappropriately, such as harmful burning resulting in carbon dioxide and detrimental dioxins being released into the air. Some of these materials end up in landfills, while other items are littered on city streets, the countryside and along waterways.
The Infrastructure Pillar will provide global solutions towards creating a demand for marine plastics and derivatives to drive new technologies for the recycling industry, as well as identify and develop plastic equity markets. The Infrastructure Pillar incorporates the development of collection systems, assessment and planning, and implementation and training.
The infrastructure tools and solutions utilized will be incorporated from the Ocean Legacy Technologies (OLT) department, which includes:
The end goal of this pillar is to support initiatives and technologies to create a carbon negative circular economy for plastics.