Our Work

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Tuvalu Belize Fiji Tonga Vanuatu Solomon Islands South Africa Asia Pacific Region Kiribati Samoa Tonga Indonesia India Pacific Islands Pacific 1 Pacific 2 Antigua & Barbuda Palau Sri Lanka Grenada St Lucia

Tuvalu

Tuvalu

Develop concept notes for potential projects:

APWC was engaged by the UK government through  Common Seas to undertake a scoping assignment to clarify specific priority actions, policies and instruments and define options for specific technical assistance activities that the UK could fund to support Countrys' efforts to mitigate marine plastic pollution in line with the ambitions of Commonwealth Clean Oceans Allicance (CCOA). APWC led a process of research, analysis and consultation with in-country stakeholders to develop potential technical assistance activities which were documented and submitted to the UK Government in the form of a concept note. Additional analysis was also undertaken to provide supplementary information on priority areas. The work was undertaken for Belize, Fiji, Tonga and Tuvalu as well as three concept notes were developed for Pacific region for potential regional projects.

Feasibility study for Funafuti transfer and recycling station and outer island external transfer stations:

The purpose of this project was to look at more effective and efficient ways in terms of operation procedures, designs, recycling market, asset management plan and safety measures applicable for both the Funafuti and outer islands external transfer stations. This was done by consultation and briefing sessions with key stakeholders, field observations and assessments and lastly compiling a feasibility study report and update Funafuti Transfer Station Operation Manual/Guidelines (in progress).

Belize

Belize

Develop concept notes for potential projects:

APWC was engaged by the UK government through Common Seas to undertake a scoping assignment to clarify specific priority actions, policies and instruments and define options for specific technical assistance activities that the UK could fund to support Countrys' efforts to mitigate marine plastic pollution in line with the ambitions of Commonwealth Clean Oceans Allicance (CCOA). APWC led a process of research, analysis and consultation with in-country stakeholders to develop potential technical assistance activities which were documented and submitted to the UK Government in the form of a concept note. Additional analysis was also undertaken to provide supplementary information on priority areas. The work was undertaken for Belize, Fiji, Tonga and Tuvalu as well as three concept notes were developed for Pacific region for potential regional projects.

Land based sources of marine litter:

In 2019, APWC was engaged by Cefas to undertake a data collection exercise to gather evidence and data for both land and sea based sources of marine pollution in Belize. APWC undertook a systems approach to data collection to gain an understanding of how, where and what types of waste is generated and managed from a data, policy, infrastructure and capacity context. The APWC data-collection method assessed the amount of waste requiring immediate management, how and possible reasons waste leaked into the environment, and, in conjunction with extensive household interviews, the socio-economic and waste disposal behaviors of residents. APWC also undertook an assessment of Port Waste Reception Facilities available to vessels that dock in Belize. The data collected by this project was used for the development of a national Marine Litter Action Plan for Belize.

Fiji

Fiji

Develop concept notes for potential projects

APWC was engaged by the UK Government to undertake a scoping assignment to clarify specific priority actions, policies and instruments and define options for specific technical assistance activities that the UK could fund to support countries efforts to mitigate marine plastic pollution in line with the ambitions of Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA). APWC led a process of research, analysis and consultation with in-country stakeholders to develop potential technical assistance activities which were documented and submitted to the UK Government in the form of several concept notes. Additional analysis was also undertaken to provide supplementary information on priority areas. The work was undertaken for Belize, Fiji, Tonga and Tuvalu as well as three concept notes were developed for Pacific region for potential regional projects.

Plastic Waste Free Islands (PWFI)

Plastic Waste Free Islands (PWFI) is part of the IUCN global Close the Plastic Tap programme working in six (6) Small Island Developing Sates (SIDS) in the Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa) and Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Grenada) and across three sectors (fishing, tourism and waste management). The expected result of the project is a reduction in plastic waste generation and leakage from SIDs. APWC is currently quantifying, at national level, all inputs and outputs of plastic including imports and exports at national level (tons/year) for each SIDS integrating locally-sourced, field-level data complemented with national data sets and other relevant sources. The data is being used to perform a material flow analysis per sector of plastic by category of plastic, resulting in identification of total amount of plastic waste generated, leakage and plastic stock. Based on the results of the assessments, APWC will provide evidence-based guidance on which to take informed actions to reduce plastic waste across value chains assessed.

Market Assessment

In 2020, APWC was engaged to undertake a market assessment for providing both a macro picture of the Fijian market for recyclable materials and its future trends, as well as identify concrete and quantifiable growth opportunities for a Fijian based recycling operator. The avenues for growth are to be quantified into three categories: geographical expansion, deepening and widening of sourcing channels, as well as potential of opportunities to value add as a cost competitive alternative to imported materials for local manufacturing and open new and high margin business opportunities for the business.

Tonga

Tonga

Develop concept notes for potential projects:

APWC was engaged by the UK government through Common Seas to undertake a scoping assignment to clarify specific priority actions, policies and instruments and define options for specific technical assistance activities that the UK could fund to support Countrys' efforts to mitigate marine plastic pollution in line with the ambitions of Commonwealth Clean Oceans Allicance (CCOA). APWC led a process of research, analysis and consultation with in-country stakeholders to develop potential technical assistance activities which were documented and submitted to the UK Government in the form of a concept note. Additional analysis was also undertaken to provide supplementary information on priority areas. The work was undertaken for Belize, Fiji, Tonga and Tuvalu as well as three concept notes were developed for Pacific region for potential regional projects.

Solid Waste Management Audits for Kiribati, Samoa and Tonga:

APWC is currently engaged on this World Bank funded project – part of a broader Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) commissioned research study to collect accurate and current information on recyclable commodities in six Pacific countries. This project will collect and assess the data from detailed waste audits (Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga) to inform the viability of the broader PRIF Scoping Study for the Regional Recycling Network for the Eastern Pacific Region.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu

Landfill Audit:

APWC, in collaboration with Tonkin & Taylor undertook a follow up audit for landfills in Vanuatu using the methodology "Waste audits in SIDS: A common Approach" written by APWC's project director and adopted jointly by WB, SPREP, UNEP and PRIF. The results will be available on the SPREP website when complete. Landfill audits were carried out at the Bouffa landfill in Vanuatu, including physical audits of bagged waste as per the “Waste audit methodology”. Audits ensured that the categories between other previous/current audits and this audit are aligned to complete a full baseline as per the methodology. Stockpile data collection was undertaken – especially those stockpiles that exist within the recycling sector. Customs (Import, Export) Data was also collected from the Customs department. The final report was limited to the audits and analysis of the Landfill site, stockpiles, and the customs data. This report then forms an addendum to the waste audit reports available from cefas.

Plastic Waste Free Islands:

Plastic Waste Free Islands (PWFI) is part of the IUCN global Close the Plastic Tap programme working in six (6) Small Island Developing Sates (SIDS) in the Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa) and Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Grenada) and across three sectors (fishing, tourism and waste management). The expected result of the project is a reduction in plastic waste generation and leakage from SIDs. APWC is currently quantifying, at national level, all inputs and outputs of plastic including imports and exports at national level (tons/year) for each SIDS integrating locally-sourced, field-level data complemented with national data sets and other relevant sources. The data is being used to perform a material flow analysis per sector of plastic by category of plastic, resulting in identification of total amount of plastic waste generated, leakage and plastic stock. Based on the results of the assessments, APWC will provide evidence-based guidance on which to take informed actions to reduce plastic waste across value chains assessed.

Land based sources of marine litter through the provisions of port waste reception facility audits:

Since April 2018, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu co-chair the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA), an initiative to unite countries across the Commonwealth in protecting the marine environment. The Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) supports CCOA in meeting its objectives and was implemented by Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science). In 2018 Cefas engaged APWC to undertake data collection, capacity building and training in two Pacific Island nations: Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. APWC undertook a systems approach to data collection to gain an understanding of how, where and what types of waste is generated and managed from a data, policy, infrastructure and capacity context. The APWC data-collection method assessed the amount of waste requiring immediate management, how and possible reasons waste leaked into the environment, and, in conjunction with extensive household interviews, the socio-economic and waste disposal behaviours of residents. In 2019, the results of the study were used by the government of Vanuatu to announce one of the most extensive bans on single use plastics in the Pacific region. In Solomon Islands, the data was used to develop waste management plans for the island of Malaita.

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Since April 2018, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu co-chair the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA), an initiative to unite countries across the Commonwealth in protecting the marine environment. The Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) supports CCOA in meeting its objectives and was implemented by Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science). In 2018 Cefas engaged APWC to undertake data collection, capacity building and training in two Pacific Island nations: Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. APWC undertook a systems approach to data collection to gain an understanding of how, where and what types of waste is generated and managed from a data, policy, infrastructure and capacity context. The APWC data-collection method assessed the amount of waste requiring immediate management, how and possible reasons waste leaked into the environment, and, in conjunction with extensive household interviews, the socio-economic and waste disposal behaviours of residents. In 2019, the results of the study were used by the government of Vanuatu to announce one of the most extensive bans on single use plastics in the Pacific region. In Solomon Islands, the data was used to develop waste management plans for the island of Malaita.

South Africa

South Africa

The Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) supports CCOA in meeting its objectives and is implemented by Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), an agency of the UK government’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). APWC undertook waste data collection and port waste reception facilities audit for South Africa. APWC undertook a systems approach to data collection to gain an understanding of how, where and what types of waste is generated and managed from a data, policy, infrastructure and capacity context.

Asia Pacific Region

Asia Pacific Region

In 2020, Australian government funded research on marine plastic pollution and environmentally responsible trade in the Asia Pacific Region as part of Australia's role on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Oceans Economy. APWC undertook this study jointly with the Institute of Sustainable Futures and Centre for International Economics.The study sought to understand whether and how environmentally responsible trade in recycled plastics can reduce leakage of plastic into the ocean, without merely shifting the plastic waste burden from one country to another. The project also sought to identify opportunities to ensure that trade in recycled plastics in the Asia-Pacific region is environmentally responsible, by identifying capacity gaps and needs in the Asia-Pacific region to manage and recycle plastic materials, including whether changing the types of plastic produced or imported could facilitate improved management and recycling of plastic materials.

Kiribati

Kiribati

APWC is currently engaged on this World Bank funded project – part of a broader Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) commissioned research study to collect accurate and current information on recyclable commodities in six Pacific countries. This project will collect and assess the data from detailed waste audits (Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga) to inform the viability of the broader PRIF Scoping Study for the Regional Recycling Network for the Eastern Pacific Region.

Samoa

Samoa

Solid Waste Management Audits for Kiribati, Samoa and Tonga:

APWC is currently engaged on this World Bank funded project – part of a broader Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) commissioned research study to collect accurate and current information on recyclable commodities in six Pacific countries. This project will collect and assess the data from detailed waste audits (Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga) to inform the viability of the broader PRIF Scoping Study for the Regional Recycling Network for the Eastern Pacific Region.

Plastic Waste Free Islands:

Plastic Waste Free Islands (PWFI) is part of the IUCN global Close the Plastic Tap programme working in six (6) Small Island Developing Sates (SIDS) in the Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa) and Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Grenada) and across three sectors (fishing, tourism and waste management). The expected result of the project is a reduction in plastic waste generation and leakage from SIDs. APWC is currently quantifying, at national level, all inputs and outputs of plastic including imports and exports at national level (tons/year) for each SIDS integrating locally-sourced, field-level data complemented with national data sets and other relevant sources. The data is being used to perform a material flow analysis per sector of plastic by category of plastic, resulting in identification of total amount of plastic waste generated, leakage and plastic stock. Based on the results of the assessments, APWC will provide evidence-based guidance on which to take informed actions to reduce plastic waste across value chains assessed.

Tonga

Tonga

In 2020, Australian government funded research on marine plastic pollution and environmentally responsible trade in the Asia Pacific Region as part of Australia's role on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Oceans Economy. APWC undertook this study jointly with the Institute of Sustainable Futures and Centre for International Economics.The study sought to understand whether and how environmentally responsible trade in recycled plastics can reduce leakage of plastic into the ocean, without merely shifting the plastic waste burden from one country to another. The project also sought to identify opportunities to ensure that trade in recycled plastics in the Asia-Pacific region is environmentally responsible, by identifying capacity gaps and needs in the Asia-Pacific region to manage and recycle plastic materials, including whether changing the types of plastic produced or imported could facilitate improved management and recycling of plastic materials.

Indonesia

Indonesia

Project SEA is a pioneer project for the New Plastics Economy an initiative to drive collaborative action between the 11 global plastic packaging companies and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to address plastic debris on marine environments that has gained global community attention. PiPro SEA project aims to help establish best practices for the recovery of plastic waste in priority countries with regards to mismanaged waste. APC was engaged in 2018, to pilot the Assessment Framework (AF) to quantify the nature, quantity and type of packaging and gain a comprehensive understanding of the waste management programs in three target locations in three countries – India, Philippines and Indonesia. The study pioneers the relationship between packaging in the market at each locality and identifies consumption and disposal behaviour at a household and community level and quantify leakage into the environment. The project maps both the formal and informal material flows and reports on current waste management practices re collection, infrastructure, costs, legislative framework and social aspects. The first pilot in West Papua, Indonesia was conducted in 2018 and presented to PiPro members in November 2018 followed by material flow analysis for all polymers in 2019 for India.

India

India

Project SEA is a pioneer project for the New Plastics Economy an initiative to drive collaborative action between the 11 global plastic packaging companies and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to address plastic debris on marine environments that has gained global community attention. PiPro SEA project aims to help establish best practices for the recovery of plastic waste in priority countries with regards to mismanaged waste. APC was engaged in 2018, to pilot the Assessment Framework (AF) to quantify the nature, quantity and type of packaging and gain a comprehensive understanding of the waste management programs in three target locations in three countries – India, Philippines and Indonesia. The study pioneers the relationship between packaging in the market at each locality and identifies consumption and disposal behaviour at a household and community level and quantify leakage into the environment. The project maps both the formal and informal material flows and reports on current waste management practices re collection, infrastructure, costs, legislative framework and social aspects. The first pilot in West Papua, Indonesia was conducted in 2018 and presented to PiPro members in November 2018 followed by material flow analysis for all polymers in 2019 for India.

Pacific Islands

Pacific Islands

APWC director lead a multi-partner coordination, research and technical assistance project for improved materials recovery for recycling in 15 Pacific island nations. The study addressed issues relating to in country recycling systems for waste separation and consolidation, export and market distribution of recyclable materials, public policy to incentivize and finance recycling systems and feedstock supply options to secure private sector investment for 15 materials. The project was managed by the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) is a multi-partner coordination, research and technical assistance facility for improved infrastructure in the Pacific

Pacific 1

Pacific

APWC project director was the recycling specialist for stage 1 of the scoping study for the establishment of a first “hub” of a regional recycling network in the Pacific. The team undertook a waste audit and institutional assessment that will inform the feasibility of the development of a pacific wide regional recycling network as well as private sector initiatives. The scoping exercise assembled the data around all the relevant elements necessary at the country level for assessing the feasibility of the establishment of a processing/recycling/transshipment hub located in Suva, with suitably scaled urban centres located in the other PICs participating in the network.

Pacific 2

Pacific

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is working with the European Union’s Delegation to the Pacific, and 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and Timor-Leste to undertake the PacWastePlus project which seeks to improve and enhance waste management activities and the capacity of governments, industry, and communities to manage waste to reduce the impact on human health and the environment. During the earlier stages of PacWastePlus’ implementation (in 2018-20), a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan and a Project Logic Framework was developed. This project required these documents to be updated with a view to ensuring they are relevant and specific to the Project outcomes with measurable and achievable targets and that PacWastePlus’ progress can be tacked in a cost-effective manner within the required timeframe. The project aimed to develop deliverables to address this, and to provide useful insights and directions to the SPREP Programme Management Unit (PMU) and participating countries.

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda

Plastic Waste Free Islands (PWFI) is part of the IUCN global Close the Plastic Tap programme working in six (6) Small Island Developing Sates (SIDS) in the Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa) and Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Grenada) and across three sectors (fishing, tourism and waste management). The expected result of the project is a reduction in plastic waste generation and leakage from SIDs. APWC is currently quantifying, at national level, all inputs and outputs of plastic including imports and exports at national level (tons/year) for each SIDS integrating locally-sourced, field-level data complemented with national data sets and other relevant sources. The data is being used to perform a material flow analysis per sector of plastic by category of plastic, resulting in identification of total amount of plastic waste generated, leakage and plastic stock. Based on the results of the assessments, APWC will provide evidence-based guidance on which to take informed actions to reduce plastic waste across value chains assessed.

Palau

Palau

APWC completed a baseline assessment under the Pacific Childs Project. The team undertook a waste audit and institutional assessment that will inform the feasibility of the development of a pacific wide regional recycling network as well as private sector initiatives. The scoping exercise assembled the data around all the relevant elements necessary at the country level for assessing the feasibility of the establishment of a processing/recycling/transshipment hub located somewhere in the Pacific, with suitably scaled urban centres located in the other PICs participating in the network.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

CLiP engaged Asia Pacific Waste Consultants (APWC) to undertake a training needs analysis, culminating in the delivery of a two-day workshop showcasing best practice plastic recycling frameworks, infrastructure, technologies, and community engagement activities around the globe. Through a needs analysis conducted through remote desktop literature reviews, attendance at other CLiP online workshops held for Sri Lankan attendees and input from our in-country advisor, APWC identified several training gap areas for the Sri Lankan plastic recycling sector. A two-day workshop was then designed to showcase opportunities for plastic recyclers in Sri Lanka and to facilitate discussions about collective actions that need to be taken in-country with regards to legislation, policy, infrastructure and technology to help tackle marine litter and broader waste issues. 

Grenada

Grenada

Plastic Waste Free Islands

Plastic Waste Free Islands (PWFI) is part of the IUCN global Close the Plastic Tap programme working in six (6) Small Island Developing Sates (SIDS) in the Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa) and Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Grenada) and across three sectors (fishing, tourism and waste management). The expected result of the project is a reduction in plastic waste generation and leakage from SIDs. APWC is currently quantifying, at national level, all inputs and outputs of plastic including imports and exports at national level (tons/year) for each SIDS integrating locally-sourced, field-level data complemented with national data sets and other relevant sources. The data is being used to perform a material flow analysis per sector of plastic by category of plastic, resulting in identification of total amount of plastic waste generated, leakage and plastic stock. Based on the results of the assessments, APWC will provide evidence-based guidance on which to take informed actions to reduce plastic waste across value chains assessed.

St Lucia

St Lucia

Plastic Waste Free Islands

Plastic Waste Free Islands (PWFI) is part of the IUCN global Close the Plastic Tap programme working in six (6) Small Island Developing Sates (SIDS) in the Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa) and Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, Grenada) and across three sectors (fishing, tourism and waste management). The expected result of the project is a reduction in plastic waste generation and leakage from SIDs. APWC is currently quantifying, at national level, all inputs and outputs of plastic including imports and exports at national level (tons/year) for each SIDS integrating locally-sourced, field-level data complemented with national data sets and other relevant sources. The data is being used to perform a material flow analysis per sector of plastic by category of plastic, resulting in identification of total amount of plastic waste generated, leakage and plastic stock. Based on the results of the assessments, APWC will provide evidence-based guidance on which to take informed actions to reduce plastic waste across value chains assessed.

Our Work

Belize, Fiji, Tonga and Tuvalu

APWC was engaged by the UK government through Common Seas to undertake a scoping assignment to clarify specific priority actions, policies and instruments and define options for specific technical assistance activities that the UK could fund to support Countrys’ efforts to mitigate marine plastic pollution in line with the ambitions of Commonwealth Clean Oceans Allicance (CCOA). APWC led a process of research, analysis and consultation with in-country stakeholders to develop potential technical assistance activities which were documented and submitted to the UK Government in the form of a concept note. Additional analysis was also undertaken to provide supplementary information on priority areas. The work was undertaken for Belize, Fiji, Tonga and Tuvalu as well as three concept notes were developed for Pacific region for potential regional projects.

Vanuatu, Solomon Islands

Since April 2018, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu co-chair the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA), an initiative to unite countries across the Commonwealth in protecting the marine environment. The Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) supports CCOA in meeting its objectives and was implemented by Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science). In 2018 Cefas engaged APWC to undertake data collection, capacity building and training in two Pacific Island nations: Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. APWC undertook a systems approach to data collection to gain an understanding of how, where and what types of waste is generated and managed from a data, policy, infrastructure and capacity context. The APWC data-collection method assessed the amount of waste requiring immediate management, how and possible reasons waste leaked into the environment, and, in conjunction with extensive household interviews, the socio-economic and waste disposal behaviours of residents. In 2019, the results of the study were used by the government of Vanuatu to announce one of the most extensive bans on single use plastics in the Pacific region. In Solomon Islands, the data was used to develop waste management plans for the island of Malaita.

Belize

In 2019, APWC was engaged by Cefas to undertake a data collection exercise to gather evidence and data for both land and sea based sources of marine pollution in Belize. APWC undertook a systems approach to data collection to gain an understanding of how, where and what types of waste is generated and managed from a data, policy, infrastructure and capacity context. The APWC data-collection method assessed the amount of waste requiring immediate management, how and possible reasons waste leaked into the environment, and, in conjunction with extensive household interviews, the socio-economic and waste disposal behaviors of residents. APWC also undertook an assessment of Port Waste Reception Facilities available to vessels that dock in Belize. The data collected by this project was used for the development of a national Marine Litter Action Plan for Belize.

South Africa

The Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) supports CCOA in meeting its objectives and is implemented by Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), an agency of the UK government’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). APWC undertook waste data collection and port waste reception facilities audit for South Africa. APWC undertook a systems approach to data collection to gain an understanding of how, where and what types of waste is generated and managed from a data, policy, infrastructure and capacity context.

Asia Pacific Region

In 2020, Australian government funded research on marine plastic pollution and environmentally responsible trade in the Asia Pacific Region as part of Australia’s role on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Oceans Economy. APWC undertook this study jointly with the Institute of Sustainable Futures and Centre for International Economics.The study sought to understand whether and how environmentally responsible trade in recycled plastics can reduce leakage of plastic into the ocean, without merely shifting the plastic waste burden from one country to another. The project also sought to identify opportunities to ensure that trade in recycled plastics in the Asia-Pacific region is environmentally responsible, by identifying capacity gaps and needs in the Asia-Pacific region to manage and recycle plastic materials, including whether changing the types of plastic produced or imported could facilitate improved management and recycling of plastic materials.

Indonesia & India

Project SEA is a pioneer project for the New Plastics Economy an initiative to drive collaborative action between the 11 global plastic packaging companies and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to address plastic debris on marine environments that has gained global community attention. PiPro SEA project aims to help establish best practices for the recovery of plastic waste in priority countries with regards to mismanaged waste. APC was engaged in 2018, to pilot the Assessment Framework (AF) to quantify the nature, quantity and type of packaging and gain a comprehensive understanding of the waste management programs in three target locations in three countries – India, Philippines and Indonesia. The study pioneers the relationship between packaging in the market at each locality and identifies consumption and disposal behaviour at a household and community level and quantify leakage into the environment. The project maps both the formal and informal material flows and reports on current waste management practices re collection, infrastructure, costs, legislative framework and social aspects. The first pilot in West Papua, Indonesia was conducted in 2018 and presented to PiPro members in November 2018 followed by material flow analysis for all polymers in 2019 for India.

Pacific Islands

APWC director lead a multi-partner coordination, research and technical assistance project for improved materials recovery for recycling in 15 Pacific island nations. The study addressed issues relating to in country recycling systems for waste separation and consolidation, export and market distribution of recyclable materials, public policy to incentivize and finance recycling systems and feedstock supply options to secure private sector investment for 15 materials. The project was managed by the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) is a multi-partner coordination, research and technical assistance facility for improved infrastructure in the Pacific

Pacific

APWC project director was the recycling specialist for stage 1 of the scoping study for the establishment of a first “hub” of a regional recycling network in the Pacific. The team undertook a waste audit and institutional assessment that will inform the feasibility of the development of a pacific wide regional recycling network as well as private sector initiatives. The scoping exercise assembled the data around all the relevant elements necessary at the country level for assessing the feasibility of the establishment of a processing/recycling/transshipment hub located in Suva, with suitably scaled urban centres located in the other PICs participating in the network.

Pacific

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is working with the European Union’s Delegation to the Pacific, and 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and Timor-Leste to undertake the PacWastePlus project which seeks to improve and enhance waste management activities and the capacity of governments, industry, and communities to manage waste to reduce the impact on human health and the environment. During the earlier stages of PacWastePlus’ implementation (in 2018-20), a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan and a Project Logic Framework was developed. This project required these documents to be updated with a view to ensuring they are relevant and specific to the Project outcomes with measurable and achievable targets and that PacWastePlus’ progress can be tacked in a cost-effective manner within the required timeframe. The project aimed to develop deliverables to address this, and to provide useful insights and directions to the SPREP Programme Management Unit (PMU) and participating countries.

Vanuatu

APWC, in collaboration with Tonking and Taylor will be undertaking a follow up audit for landfills in Vanuatu using the methodology “Waste audits in SIDS: A common Approach” written by APWC’s project director and adopted jointly by WB, SPREP, UNEP and PRIF. The results will be available on the SPREP website when complete.

Palau

APWC completed a baseline assessment under the Pacific Childs Project. The team undertook a waste audit and institutional assessment that will inform the feasibility of the development of a pacific wide regional recycling network as well as private sector initiatives. The scoping exercise assembled the data around all the relevant elements necessary at the country level for assessing the feasibility of the establishment of a processing/recycling/transshipment hub located somewhere in the Pacific, with suitably scaled urban centres located in the other PICs participating in the network.

Kiribati, Samoa & Tonga

APWC is currently engaged in stage 1 of the scoping study for the establishment of a “hub” of a regional recycling network in the Pacific. The APWC team is undertaking a waste audit and institutional assessment that will inform the feasibility of the development of a pacific wide regional recycling network as well as private sector initiatives. The scoping exercise will assemble the data around all the relevant elements necessary at the country level for assessing the feasibility of the establishment of a processing/recycling/transshipment hub located somewhere in the Pacific, with suitably scaled urban centres located in the other PICs participating in the network.

Asia Pacific Waste Consultants (APWC) is a leading international environmental management consultancy, specialising in the solid waste and recycling sector, with a dedicated team of experts who are passionate about improving environmental outcomes in developed and developing economies.

APWC is harnessing its knowledge and expertise to support a growing number of international programs aimed at addressing the waste crisis, particularly the epidemic of plastic pollution threatening the aquatic and marine environment. APWC is a signatory to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to reducing the impacts of plastic and offers a scientific, practical, ‘hands-on’ approach to waste management and resource recovery technologies, training, community education and awareness.

APWC is proudly diverse with a team that encompasses 9 countries, 9 languages and more than 70% women with the senior management made up entirely of women. We  are committed to supporting young mothers returning to work.

Asia Pacific Waste Consultants (APWC) is the genesis of A.Prince Consulting (APC) an Australian company which specialises in waste management and recovery systems, operating for 24 years. APC is known for delivering innovative and strategic waste reduction and management plans and achieving best practice outcomes for urban centres, regional, island and indigenous communities.

Anne Prince, the founder of APC is passionate about waste and minimising the impact on human health and the environment. Known affectionately as “Dr Rubbish” in indigenous communities for her commitment to improve services, Anne was also recognised nationally with the prestigious Resources and Waste Leaders award for her extensive contribution to the industry. Our staff have worked in more than 25 countries around the world, having worked in 16 countries in the past 2 years alone.

Anne is the founder of APWC. She brings 40 years’ experience in waste management gained across local government, industry, commercial and community sectors to the organisation. This experience has been gained at local, regional, state, national and international levels in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

Publications

Waste Audit Methodology - A Common Approach
Waste Audit Methodology – A Common Approach

  • – Client: Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF)
  • – Year: 2019

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Environmentally responsible trade in waste plastics - Report 3
Environmentally responsible trade in waste plastics – Report 3 – Case studies on plastic waste management and trade in Asia Pacific

  • – Client: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and The Environment (DAWE)
  • – Delivey Partners: University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)  – Centre for International Economics (CIE) Year: 2020

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Envirometal waste practice report 2
Environmentally responsible trade in waste plastics – Report 2 – Capacity gaps and needs for managing plastic waste in Asia Pacific

  • – Client: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and The Environment (DAWE)
  • – Delivey Partners: University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)  – Centre for International Economics (CIE) Year: 2020

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