BVRio delivers joint position on Minimum Requirements of Verified Plastic Recovery Units at INC-3

Next week, BVRio will be in Nairobi participating in the UNEP Third Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-3) meeting, which aims to develop an international legally binding instrument – a Global Treaty – on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment.

As a long term advocate for, and developer of, solutions which support and include informal waste pickers in waste management solutions, BVRio is in attendance to help ensure that waste pickers are recognised as a fundamental part of the instruments designed to accelerate the collection of plastics for recycling, especially plastics already in the environment.

Having created the world’s first Reverse Logistics Credits system, for over a decade BVRio has worked to develop financial mechanisms and initiatives which promote better and more inclusive waste collection and recycling practices to improve livelihoods for waste pickers and strengthen the circular economy.

At the meeting, BVRio is also representing the PREVENT Waste Alliance ‘Core Group on Verified Plastic Recovery’, highlighting its intention to develop a set of Minimum Requirements to ensure the environmental and social impact of waste management recovery activities and the financial mechanisms that support them.  The Core Group has submitted a joint position on Minimum Requirements of Verified Plastic Recovery Units to the INC-3 proceedings.

On Sunday 12 November BVRio present at a Networking Event run by PREVENT ahead of the talks, described as ‘a full day of showcasing and reflecting on lessons and circular solutions for plastic and marine litter prevention. In the afternoon, the freshly launched Global Action Partnership for EPR will introduce itself and facilitate a discussion on EPR.’

Alongside, an open consultation: Minimum Requirements for Plastic Waste Recovery Certification/Credits is open until 10 December 2023.

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BVRio Director, Pedro Moura Costa, commented “It is true that we cannot recycle our way out of plastic pollution, however until such time as there are instruments in place to stop and stem the flow of plastic into the environment, it will remain necessary to recover and recycle. In the millions of waste pickers globally, we already have the expertise and workforce able to undertake this task, and the financial mechanisms, such as plastic credits, in place to be able to provide traceable and validated data to producers and countries, in order to meet the requirements of Extended Producer Responsibility legislation now and in the future.”