Our research group includes some of the best and brightest young researchers in waste and resource management. You can see the full membership list of the Research Group here.

The group on research was founded during the recent world congress in Serbia. The main objective of this group is to share knowledge and expertise about various research topics in waste management and actively engage in research projects. The group also aims to share information about various research opportunities, funding programs and scholarships in waste management.


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Our Researchers

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A survey was conducted in January to create the profile of the working group. The team currently has 15 members from 12 countries spread across the world.


Click on the image to the right for an overview of the countries represented.


About 70 % of the members have a Master’s degree, 15 % are PhD holders and 15 % have completed their bachelors. The group consists of researchers, consultants, engineers and project managers. The research interests of the YP’s span over a wide spectrum of areas such as Life cycle analysis, SWM in low and middle income countries, Environmental impact assessment, Oil and inorganic waste recycling, Mechanical biological treatment, E-waste, Pyrolysis, Circular economy, Post-disaster and post-conflict waste management, Packaging waste and SWM financing. The members also have over 30 publications in total which contributes to a rich knowledge base of the working group.

Research Blog: National Plastic Waste Policy – the Government of Ghana

Author: Heather Troutman




Research Objective

Design a national plastic waste policy for Ghana to achieve, listed in order of significance, greatly improved state of the environment and public health in regards to plastic waste, create jobs, and develop a vibrant plastics recycling and remanufacturing industry.



1. Situational analysis was conducted using secondary literature over the course of a year.  Topics investigated included waste management, plastic wastes, the recycling industry, census trends, development needs and constraints, development objectives, on-going and previous development projects, political history especially in terms of environmental legislation, and contemporary media projections on sanitation issues.


2. Stakeholder consultation and constraint mapping was performed over six months of semi-structured in-person interviews with key stakeholders involved in plastic waste management including public officials from many branches, the private sector, the informal sector, academics, NGOs, CBOs, multi-lateral institutions and development partners, traditional rulers and faith-based groups.


3. Review of best practices from dozens of states at all levels of development to gain a rounded perspective of moon-shoot opportunities for the short-, medium-, to long-term.


4. Rate policy options on sustainability criteria guided by development objectives, which were captured in four pillars of the policy: (1) reduce inputs, (2) increase recovery, (3) enable recycling, (4) incite behaviour change.  Three strategies were proposed for each pillar, and two-to-three orientations were proposed for each strategy.  As an example, product fees have been proposed as a measure to reduce inputs by creating a pricing signal, or economic disincentive for certain products that are particularly complicated to manage or recycle and pose a high risk of being littered.  Two orientations have been proposed for this strategy, (i) manufacturer and importer oriented fees, and (ii) consumer oriented fees, taking into consideration the highly informal state of retail in Ghana.  34 orientations corresponding to 12 strategies have been evaluated on (1) efficacy, in context of time, (2) environmental impact, or externalities, (3) economic and employment impact, (4) likeliness of being sustained, or enforced, (5) complexity, (6) cost and ownership, and (7) uncertainties, or risks.  The results have been summarized and a combination of strategies have been proposed to be rolled out over the short- (3 years), medium- (8 years), to long-term (25 years); starting with low-hanging fruit identified as highly effective with low risks and low costs, and building up to more sophisticated and costly strategies.


Progress / Results

5. Draft Zero is on track to be approved by the issuing Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation by the start of 2018. 


Next Steps

6. Stakeholder validation and revision in the public, private and informal sectors, development partners, multi-lateral institutions, academic institutions, NGOs and CBOs will be solicited to comment on the Draft by the end of February 2018 via an online surveying platform and a series of workshops and consultations. 


7. Maintain integrated coherence after Cabinet and Parliamentary input is expected to be a particularly agile task, to ensure that a synergistic combination of strategies is adopted to achieve rapid and sustained results across all four pillars and all sections of the country.


8. Release to the public.  The process is designed to be completed by April 2018, when it will be adopted as law.  


9. Facilitate uptake, especially with private and informal sectors and entrepreneurs

Following this landmark event, there will be considerable work to do to minimize risks of non-implementation and compliance and to effectively engage diverse stakeholder groups to best take advantage of the opportunities created.