The project Plastic Waste Pollution in the Sundarbans of India started off in early 2018. A comprehensive study was carried out to determine the extent of plastic waste generated in two specific districts. The alarming result of an estimated 33-36 tons of plastic waste per month from the approx. 24,000 inhabitants illustrates the urgency of an intervention.
Therefore, the following action will take place: starting in autumn 2018, the plastic waste of the inhabitants of the two districts will be systematically collected by specially trained waste collectors, then taken to a collection point, sorted according to quality and then be sold. Through the organized recycling of the waste, the waste collectors can achieve a higher income. The collection point itself is run by a local NGO as a social enterprise to ensure economic sustainability even after the project has ended. Next year, possibilities for a sustainable recycling of the collected plastic waste on site will be discussed.
The project is implemented by the local organization SUN and accompanied by SOCEO gGmbH as technical consultant.