Zero Waste Cities Challenge


    In Context

    • Recently, WasteAid’s Circular Economy Network has announced the finalists of its Zero Waste Cities Challenge.
    • It has chosen two winners — entrepreneurs from Shree Guru Plastic and Inside Out — for their work on promoting the circular economy and reducing the usage of plastics.

    About Zero Waste Cities Challenge

    • WasteAid (a UK based international NGO) launched its Zero Waste Cities Challenge in Johannesburg, Ho Chi Minh City and Guwahati.
      • The competition was launched to find grassroots solutions to resource efficiency, waste collection and recycling in South Africa, Vietnam and India.
    • It is part of a programme to encourage a circular economy and inclusive livelihood opportunities in the city.
    • Prizes of €10,000 will be awarded to two innovation solutions that increase resource efficiency and reduce waste, in the three cities
    • It aims to find entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas that help reduce or recycle waste and create green employment opportunities. 

    Circular economy

    • The circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible. 
    • It aims to tackle global challenges such as waste, pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss.
    • It has been gaining ground globally, International Telecommunication Union, World Economic Forum, the United Nations and others stressing the need to ensure minimum wastage in the electrical and electronics sectors.
    • CE aims at –
      • Retaining the value of resources, products and materials at their highest by keeping them in use as long as possible;
      • Minimizing wastage at each life-cycle stage; and 
      • Extract the maximum value through reusing, repairing, recovering, remanufacturing and regenerating products and materials at the end of each service value. 


    Source: DTE