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The Fair Plastic Alliance: give plastic a second life - and people a better one

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Country: 
Italy, Other (Nigeria, South Africa)
City: 
Bergamo

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Project elaborated in partnership: 
Yes
Submitted by: 
Marco Pasta
Start/End date: 
06/2019
Ongoing: 
Yes

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Description: 

The Fair Plastic Alliance believes that plastic waste management based on a not-for-private-profit business model is a powerful solution to generate a positive impact on the environment and on the society as a whole, in both developed and developing countries. The multi-stakeholder network is spreading social responsibility in plastic waste management, especially in low-income areas and adverse contexts, to achieve social as well as environmental sustainability.

The project is based on the active involvement of industrial players, NGOs, social cooperatives and municipalities, building cooperation in the plastic supply chain.

Products manufactured under the “Fair Plastic” brand will be bottle-to-bottle grades, produced in FPA members' recycling plants which meet the quality standards established by the industry and comply with well-defined business rules shaped on social business model.

"Circular economy gives materials a second life; fair circular economy gives people more fair and dignified life."

To be a partner of the Fair Plastic Alliance does not entail any legally binding financial or administrative obligation and allows the partner to have access to information and to benefit from the activities made available by the Alliance. In return FPA members agree to be compliant with some key principles:

  • member recycling plants have to be run as a social business,
  • being non-loss, non-dividend companies designed to address the problem of plastic waste
  • be self-sustainable.

Member plants are certified according to the Fair Plastic certification and accept to undergo audits on a regular basis to assess their social and environmental impact.
All profits are reinvested to further develop the social mission.

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Some examples of the Fair Plastic Alliance in action:

Wecyclers in Nigeria

  • over 17000 service subscribers
  • over 1000 tons of PET collected yearly
  • 120 people employed

Ekurhuleni Coops, South Africa

  • 46 waste cooperatives involved + local SMES
  • 1500 people involved
  • 15 municipal districts testing the project

Centro Plastica, Italy

  • The plant is equipped for the treatment and transformation of post-consumer plastic packaging into granulated resin of high-density polyethylene (rHDPE), which is sold on the market for the production of new packaging. The sourcing model is mainly based on public auctions and is open to social enterprises and coops.
  • The plant processes 5000 tons/year