Goal: Platform to Track Plastic Waste and Recovery

IBM and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste announced their collaboration to design a new data platform hosted on IBM Cloud to help track plastic waste and recovery globally.

According to the Alliance, the platform – called Plastics Recovery Insight and Steering Model (PRISM) – “will aim to serve as a single source of consistent actionable data helping inform how NGOs, value chain participants, communities, regulators and other organizations improve waste management decisions and programs”. It would be designed to allow stakeholders to convene and unite various data sets to collaborate and address the problem with plastic waste through data. Areas of focus would include plastic consumption and collection; plastic waste generated and leaking into the environment; waste management and recycling solutions in place; additional data sets as the tool will be expanded.

“The platform will be designed to enable users to easily integrate and scale disparate datasets without compromising their existing security”, a press release said. “Development began with the support of IBM Garage – a framework where organizations can work with IBM to fast-track innovation and results by combining technology, design and business strategy.”


(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2021, Page 14, Photo: Mizianitka / pixabay.com)