Plastic ZERO - Public Private Cooperations for Avoiding Plastic as a Waste

Project Details


The overall objective of the project is to reduce plastic in waste streams saving non-renewable resources and enabling carbon neutral energy production from waste.

More specifically, the project aims at:
•Identifying the main challenges and barriers for reducing plastic waste in mixed waste and residual waste streams, hereby stimulating prevention and recycling of plastic waste
•Promoting recycling of plastic polymers as a substitute for virgin plastic
•Diverting waste plastic from the residual waste going to incineration (creating a carbon neutral energy source) and landfill

An important feature of the Plastic Zero project is to set up cooperative forums involving public and private stakeholders, by bringing stakeholders together with shared responsibility. The forums and networks will identify and analyse relevant interfaces between the partners in the value chain, and provide the necessary production technology, infrastructure, physical planning, information, waste services, and technologies for reprocessing. By involving all stakeholders in the value chain there will be an opportunity to rethink product design through cradle-to-cradle methods.
AcronymPlastic Zero
Effective start/end date01/09/201131/08/2014


  • Sustainable transitions
  • environmental governance
  • environmental innovation

Research Output

  • 2 Report
  • 2 Working paper
  • 1 Article in proceeding

A model for organizing and analyzing integration of environmental concerns in product design and re-design

Jørgensen, M. S., 2014, ASME 2014 12th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis: Volume 1: Applied Mechanics; Automotive Systems; Biomedical Biotechnology Engineering; Computational Mechanics; Design; Digital Manufacturing; Education; Marine and Aerospace Applications. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 8 p. ESDA2014-20211

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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    How to prepare a road map for the management of plastic waste

    Dorland, J., Jørgensen, M. S., Skovgaard, M., Meilstrup, J. & Cashmore, M. A., 2014, City of Copenhagen. 71 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportResearchpeer-review

  • Plastic ZERO - Public Private Cooperations for Avoiding Plastic as a Waste

    Iversen, T. L., Skovgaard, M., Dorland, J. & Jørgensen, M. S., 2014, Copenhagen: City of Copenhagen. 12 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportCommunication