Announcing our new exciting programme on plastic waste: FINILOOP India

With a lot of enthusiasm, FINILOOP (Financial Inclusion and Improved Livelihoods Out Of Plastics) India programme has recently commenced in Udaipur, India on 16 November 2018! The programme aims to increase plastic recycling rates, achieve a clean environment and create green jobs in the plastic waste sector.
The programme was launched in parallel to the “Waste-to-Value” training programme that was given to the local FINILOOP team in Udaipur, India on 16-19 November 2018. We trained the local team of FINILOOP in the different types of plastic and how to recognize them; in sorting of plastics; and in recycling of plastics and economics: what are profitable options? Furthermore, we started with a value chain analysis in plastic waste, a household survey to understand local markets for plastic waste and determination of the composition of plastic waste at household level. These activities showed the necessity of the FINILOOP project and the opportunity to integrate this programme within existing waste collection and segregating programmes.

FINILOOP approach: The DIAMOND model

WASTE uses the Diamond model, a multi-stakeholder approach, to build sustainable systems with local stakeholders that can last and will continue to grow after grants have ended. This can be achieved when the four key actors in the diamond domains work towards the development of local plastic waste markets for the poor and inclusive scale of these markets.The result of our Diamond approach is that (local) government, households, entrepreneurs and financiers being organised in such a way that they are able to sustain a local plastic recycling value chain – from collection and sorting to recycling and marketing recycled products. This helps us to ensure that citizens, on the long term, can live in a clean and healthy environment. The Diamond model identifies four key actors:

  1. Households demand a clean environment, are willing to pay for waste collection and segregate their waste
  2. The plastic recycling sector increase plastic recycling rates on a professional way
  3. Financial institutions offer credit and other financial products to plastic recycling businesses
  4. (Local) governments are responsible for setting rules and regulations and facilitate recycling of types of plastic without value.

Next to the FINILOOP India programme, we are setting up similar programmes in Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. A dynamic knowledge exchange between India and the African countries will be the focus area and prioritized in the programme.

For more information please contact Sophie van den Berg: