The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have collaborated to tackle ocean plastic pollution.

The initiative aims to avoid the entry of land-based plastic waste into waterways and the ocean.

More than eight million metric tonnes of plastic end up in ocean each year.

Under this partnership, the two sides will detect and deploy new local technologies and solutions, infrastructure and business models across urban Asian cities.

The Alliance is made up of over 40 global member companies. It will work via USAID’s new flagship programme, “Clean Cities, Blue Ocean”.

Alliance to End Plastic Waste president and CEO Jacob Duer said: “The work we will undertake with USAID advances the Alliance’s commitment to work through partnerships to develop, incubate and deploy projects in local cities and communities that support the goal to end plastic waste in the environment.

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“Partnerships, such as this one, allow us to prove and accelerate solutions that will unlock capital investments, which are necessary to tackle the plastic waste challenge.”

The partnership will also engage in increasing awareness by educating individuals, local businesses and multinational corporations.

Additionally, it will focus on developing incentives for recycling and reuse markets by combining technical expertise, global investment and locally led solutions.

The parties will also back authorities to develop and implement policies and regulations.

Last month, sustainable food packaging company Huhtamaki partnered with international charity WasteAid for circular economy innovation at community-level in Vietnam, India and South Africa for a two-year period.