In March 2018 we co-initiated the International Waste Platform

As a member we committed ourselves to align objectives with our partners at International Waste Platform.

Stakeholder networks from 31 countries united to collaborate on Ocean Action, Climate Action, addressing pollution from land-based, riverine and marine-based sources and advancing Circular Economy development. Our network is co-owned by its members.

Our approach is based on the 5 principles of Collective Impact : Common agenda; Shared measurement systems; Mutually reinforcing activities; Continuous communication; and backbone support organisations (the member networks)

Our collective expertise

We provide international expertise and launch joint initiatives; We support advancing solutions for the global waste & climate crisis

International Waste Platform members

  • have country-specific insights
  • follow a multi-sector stakeholder approach within our respective member countries

Partners for progress

International Waste Platform was initiated by participants from the following countries: Indonesia, Portugal, Australia, South Africa (regional), USA, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Taiwan and Ghana.


Representatives committed themselves to align objectives, to support the implementation of strategies of Ocean Action and Climate Action, as well as to share ideas, best practices, concepts, programs, knowledge and opportunities; including the reduction of plastic debris at the source, before it enters rivers and the coastal environment.

Country / regional networks and national marine debris networks make a difference in societal behaviour change and environmental policies by providing input and promoting action which aims at finding solutions to reduce (ocean) plastic pollution. Country and regional networks are instrumental to reach the prevention and reduction of marine pollution, facilitate and foster the establishment of national and international partnerships in a multi-stakeholder approach.

Scope of work

International strategies & Stakeholder engagement

  • collaborate on mapping of stakeholders and stakeholder groups and their programs;
  • collaborate on cross-boundary issues and advance creating synergy in our agendas;
  • stakeholder engagement in national and international action plans and strategies;
  • collaborate on international illicit waste trafficking

Quality eduction on Waste & Climate literacy

Standardisation & Harmonisation

  • strive for mandatory international standardisation of recycling information on packaging and bins and mandatory recyclability verification;
  • strive for transparency in the recycling sector
  • collaborate and support advancing harmonisation of waste and litter data and monitoring protocols.

Our Commitment to United Nations

Voluntary Commitment #OceanAction26660