Challenge #10

How can …

Ghent be free of disposable plastic?


City of Ghent – Environment and climate department

Our mission is to move our city to a sustainable and climate neutral city.

Involved SDG's

#9 – Industry, innovation & infrastructure

#11 – Sustainable cities & communities

#12 – Responsible consumption & production

#14 – Life below water


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Problem description

Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. They are thrown away in the trash can, or end up on the streets, in the water, in the plants where they harm the animals and the environment. Half of the plastics in the world are disposable plastics and only 10-13% of all plastics are recycled.

At the moment there is a broad nonchalant attitude when it comes to consuming disposable plastics. There are no coordinated actions among all stakeholders in our city.

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students are working on this challenge

What has been done already?

There are individual actions such as Mei plasticvrij and the reusable cups for the Gentse Feesten There are also policy plans on deposit charges, take back regulations and banning plastics.

What are the next steps?

There need to be more actions, new ideas and initiatives to prevent disposable plastics.

There needs to be coordination of these actions & initiatives.

Expected outcome

A presentation of the lessons learned and the proposed actions.