Local Governments Leading the change to tackle plastic waste in the Baltic Sea Region

Local Governments Leading the change to tackle plastic waste in the Baltic Sea Region

21 February 2024
Cityscape with hands holding the recycling symbol and plastics
4 April 2024

In an effort to combat the issue of plastic waste in the Baltic Sea Region, the Interreg BSR BALTIPLAST project places cities at the forefront of this mission. Recognizing their major role in plastic waste reduction, in particular the single-use packaging, the project aims to empower these entities to implement effective solutions for reducing plastic waste on strategic and practical levels as well as improving the collection and sorting management leading to improved recycling.

The BALTIPLAST project has set to document and analyze information on the varied solutions adopted or planned by local governments. The objective is to create a collection of best practices that promote the prevention and reduction of plastic waste. This mapping of best practices, organized into three categories—strategic, soft, and technical solutions—provides a comprehensive resource for cities to share and build upon successful approaches and cultivates a collaborative environment for sharing and adapting best practices across the Baltic Sea Region.

The evaluation of implementation and maintenance costs adds a practical dimension to the project, determining the resource intensity of different measures and providing the information for potential replicators adding to the successful transfer of the knowledge and experience co-developed within the project.

UBC member cities, including Espoo, Pori, Helsinki, Turku, Tallinn, Valmiera, and Kaunas, have actively contributed their best practices in managing plastics at various levels. These cities serve as exemplars, showcasing innovative approaches. The experiences collected from the region will be utilized to improve and perfect the solutions for plastic waste reduction and management within the project.

The result of this comprehensive study is available on the BALTIPLAST project website. The findings, derived from the analysis of successful approaches, trends, and challenges, will not only contribute to mitigating plastic pollution in the Baltic Sea region but will also offer valuable recommendations for future interventions.

The best practices within the region depicted in this study as well as the experiences and knowledge from solutions piloted in the project will be further organized into a holistic BALTIPLAST plastic waste management platform, which on par with the training series and the educational material would contribute to the sustainability of the project results and common efforts to reduce plastic waste in Baltic Sea Region.