Based on supplied data, seven high priority items were identified by the amount of usage and/or weight of plastic waste created. For each item, waste-reduction scenarios were generated, including interventions such as downcycling, reusing products and using biodegradable alternatives. Combined, these scenarios have the potential to enable nearly 60% of single use on-site plastic from facilities to be diverted from landfill.
The study highlighted the need for collaboration with plastic producers, manufacturers, suppliers, co-located industries, waste services and re-processors, with the aims to develop alternative strategies to reduce landfill and/or develop better waste recovery streams. Continued monitoring of plastic use at individual sites is also recommended.