The session is organised by ICLEI South Asia and Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) and aims to deliberate on opportunities offered by circular economy measures and identify concrete actions to catalyse a transition to a circular economy and address the growing plastic waste menace. The session will also highlight the crucial role played by the private sector in driving the development of innovative business models, packaging design, materials and technologies in line with the circular economy. The outcomes envisaged from the session include:
• Establish the need for an effective waste management infrastructure to implement the waste hierarchy, upscale the cycling of plastics in the economy, and prevent leakage into the environment.
• Improve political and public awareness of the impacts of plastic pollution in the environment
• Explore opportunities for recovering the value of plastic as a resource through circular economy tools by engaging public and private sectors