Plastic Pollution Projects

Developing systems - accelerating change

 

The University of Leeds is at the forefront of the plastic pollution challenge. Our work has a global reach aimed at advancing the scientific frontier and applying the science and engineering to facilitate on-the-ground impact: Whether conducting transformative research, collaborating on international projects, developing ground-breaking methodologies or participating in expert fora. Check out the map below to find out more about our work on combating plastic pollution around the World.

Where We Work

Based in Leeds, UK, we are active around the world: Indicative selected projects (red pin), core research collaborations (green), MSc student dissertations cases studies (blue), keynote lectures (purple), expert workshop participation (orange). During the covid-19 pandemic adversity, we are readily available via teleconferencing. Our next collaboration may be with you!

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University of Leeds - Dr Costas Velis Research team

University of Leeds - Dr Costas Velis Research team

http://plasticpollution.leeds.ac.uk

Toolkit: SPOT || Project: Plastic Waste Assessment - Kerala State India

The SPOT model is applied for the India’s State of Kerala. In collaboration with Resource Futures. Funded by the World Bank Group.

Toolkit: SPOT || Project: Indonesia City Cluster

Applying the SPOT model in Java, Indonesia. In collaboration with SYSTEMIQ.

Toolkit: WFD || Project: Creation of Waste Flow Diagram toolkit

In collaboration with the funder, GIZ (Germany).

Toolkit: ISWA PPC || Project: UNESCAP Closing the Loops - 4 major ASEAN cities

Toolkit: ISWA PPC || Project: UNESCAP Closing the Loops – 4 major ASEAN cities

Toolkit: ISWA PPC || Project: The Bali Partnership

Toolkit: ISWA PPC || Project: The Bali Partnership

Toolkit: SPOT and ISWA PPC || Project: Tracking plastic waste into the marine environment

Toolkit: SPOT and ISWA PPC || Project: Tracking plastic waste into the marine environment

Toolkit: SPOT and ISWA PPC || Project: Integrated Solutions to Fight Water Sources Pollution Towards Plastic Recovery and Circularity in Environmentally Protected Regions in Brazil

SPOT applied to entire Brazil and ISWA PPC applied to 3 selected local sites (case studies). Funded by SEPA, delivered in collaboration with ISWA, Abrelpe and Avfall Sverige.

Toolkit: SoCo || Project: Selective Solidary Collection

Toolkit: SoCo || Project: Selective Solidary Collection

Tooklit: CVORR || Project: Bio-integrated Valorisation of India's Municipal Solid Waste to Renewable Feedstocks

Tooklit: CVORR || Project: Bio-integrated Valorisation of India’s Municipal Solid Waste to Renewable Feedstocks

Toolikit: SPOT || Project: Marine litter hotspots across Africa and South Asia

Toolikit: SPOT || Project: Marine litter hotspots across Africa and South Asia

Toolkit: ISWA PPC || Project: Mapping Macro-plastic pollution in the City of Rotterdam

An ISWA Marine Litter Task Force project – UoL technical support.

MSc Dissertation: Plastics Recycling by Informal Waste Pickers in Buenos Aires

MSc Dissertation: Plastics Recycling by Informal Waste Pickers in Buenos Aires

MSc Dissertation: Plastics Recycling by Informal Waste Pickers in Laos

MSc Dissertation: Plastics Recycling by Informal Waste Pickers in Laos

MSc Dissertation: Quantifying plastic flows within informal settlements for marine litter protection in Cairo

MSc Dissertation: Quantifying plastic flows within informal settlements for marine litter protection in Cairo

MSc Dissertation: Quantifying plastic pollution in Turks and Caicos Islands

MSc Dissertation: Quantifying plastic pollution in Turks and Caicos Islands

Toolkit: E-WIT || Project: Developing a e-waste implementation toolkit for Africam metropolitan areas

Toolkit: E-WIT || Project: Developing a e-waste implementation toolkit for Africam metropolitan areas

Toollkit: CVORR || Project: Circular South Cities (Plastics and woody miomass recycling in Mumbai, India)

Toollkit: CVORR || Project: Circular South Cities (Plastics and woody miomass recycling in Mumbai, India)

Research collaboration: CSIRO

in Hobart

Research collaboration: Grid-Arendal

Research collaboration: Grid-Arendal

Research collaboration: International Solid Waste Association

Research collaboration: International Solid Waste Association

Project: SEEL: Safer End of Engineered Life

Funded by the Lloyds register Foundation and managed by the Royal Academy of Engineering

Keynote - 2019: "Sound waste management: The essential prevention for plastics pollution"

Keynote – 2019: “Sound waste management: The essential prevention for plastics pollution”

Keynote - 2019: "Solid Waste and Circular Economy in LATAM"

Keynote – 2019: “Solid Waste and Circular Economy in LATAM”

Keynote - 2017: "Prevent plastic marine litter – Now! "

Keynote – 2017: “Prevent plastic marine litter – Now! “

Keynote - 2013: "Circular economy and used plastics: Which way forward?"

Keynote – 2013: “Circular economy and used plastics: Which way forward?”

Keynote - 2011: "Informal sector recycling at the crossroads: Challenges of stakeholder systems"

Keynote – 2011: “Informal sector recycling at the crossroads: Challenges of stakeholder systems”

Keynote - 2018: "Alternative views on waste collection & recycling – global experiences"

Keynote – 2018: “Alternative views on waste collection & recycling – global experiences”

Expert workshop - 2019: "Indo-UK workshop on marine litter: Fate of plastics from source to sink"

Expert workshop – 2019: “Indo-UK workshop on marine litter: Fate of plastics from source to sink”

Expert workshop - 2019: "The Second Global roadmap to prevent ocean plastics: Economic analysis technical workshop"

Expert workshop – 2019: “The Second Global roadmap to prevent ocean plastics: Economic analysis technical workshop”

Expert workshop - 2019: "Informing Canada’s G7 Presidency. A workshop on Global Marine Plastics Solutions"

Expert workshop – 2019: “Informing Canada’s G7 Presidency. A workshop on Global Marine Plastics Solutions”

Expert workshop - 2018: "Expert Group Meeting on Waste Sustainable Development Goals Indicators 11.6.1, 12.4.2 and 12.5.1""

Expert workshop – 2018: “Expert Group Meeting on Waste Sustainable Development Goals Indicators 11.6.1, 12.4.2 and 12.5.1″”

Expert workshop - 2018: "Responsible disposal of flame retarded foams and plastics"

Expert workshop – 2018: “Responsible disposal of flame retarded foams and plastics”

Moderator - 2017: "Working Group on Strategic Dimension. KfW Finance Development Forum 2017: Ocean’s 21 - Solutions for a Sustainable Marine Future"

Moderator – 2017: “Working Group on Strategic Dimension. KfW Finance Development Forum 2017: Ocean’s 21 – Solutions for a Sustainable Marine Future”

Workshop - 2019: Marine litter hotspots in Africa. UN Day – Training on Monitoring Waste SDG Indicators in Africa. 2nd General Meeting of African Clean Cities Platform"

Workshop – 2019: Marine litter hotspots in Africa. UN Day – Training on Monitoring Waste SDG Indicators in Africa. 2nd General Meeting of African Clean Cities Platform”

Invited lecture - 2014: "II Africa Sustainable Waste Management International ISWA/APESB Congress"

Invited lecture – 2014: “II Africa Sustainable Waste Management International ISWA/APESB Congress”

Plastic Pollution Projects

A first of a kind model to analyse the stocks and flows of plastic waste flowing through global society
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A UNESCAP project, in collaboration with IGES (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan). Development of comprehensive plastic waste management flow, hotspot and leakages in four multi-city regions in ASEAN through application of the ISWA Plastic Pollution Calculator.
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Harmonized Methods and Tools for Assessment of Mismanaged Plastic Waste and Plastic Leakage to the Environment in the ASEAN Region. A World Bank Group project.
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A World Bank Group project, in collaboration with Resource Futures.
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A SYSTEMIQ project which in Phase 1 determined the baseline level of plastic pollution across the Island of Bali by application of the ISWA Plastic Pollution Calculator
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A GIZ project for development of a toolkit for rapid assessment of a cities plastic pollution
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Circular Economy Projects in the Global South

A methodological tool and training package to more objectively quantify and elaborate potential impacts and benefits of selective waste collection and recycling services, including those operated by waste pickers
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A toolkit for performing a combined technological, socioeconomic and environmental analysis of resource recovery systems
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An analytical framework and tool for integrating the informal recycling sector in waste and resource management systems in developing countries
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