Closing the data gap challenge

Closing the data gap challenge

The Circulate Initiative and The Alliance to End Plastic Waste are calling for applications for the Closing the Data Gap Challenge — an initiative to support decision makers and other stakeholders with better quality data that will help prevent plastic pollution and advance a more inclusive, circular economy.

A challenge to the research community

As the scale of the plastic pollution problem continues to grow, the need for reliable, consistent data has also grown in parallel. Various stakeholders connected to the plastics value chain are challenged by the absence of such data, which prevents them from understanding the nature and scale of the problem, taking action with evidence-based strategies, and monitoring progress over time.

By closing this data gap, we improve the understanding of the cause and effect of plastic waste in different geographies, but also uncover effective interventions, investable opportunities, and best practices.

We aim to identify and support projects to address recognised data gaps, unlock opportunities for our own organisations and others to engage and invest.

Key areas of focus

  • Address gaps in data that can be made available through the Alliance’s data platform PRISM (Plastics Recovery Insight and Steering Model), designed to house a single aggregated source of consistent data which provides insights into the plastic waste leakage problem
  • Improve the availability and quality of data relating to more than one of the following topics:
    • City level socio-economic indicators connected to the generation of plastic waste.
    • Municipal solid waste generated, composition, collected and responsibility for collection.
    • Plastic consumed.
    • Plastic waste material generated, collected, disposed and leakage.
    • Plastic waste management/end-of-life fates.
    • Waste workers, their livelihoods and work conditions.

Countries of Focus: India, Malaysia and the Philippines

​The Data Challenge is interested in research in selected key cities across India, Malaysia and the Philippines. The cities outlined in the RFP serve as a starting point, however including additional states and cities in these countries where data can be successfully collected are welcome. For any questions regarding the Data Challenge or submitting a proposal, please get in touch.

Applications are open now through to 14 November 2021.

For more information and to submit an application, please visit

Sponsor/exhibitor contact

Umesh Madhavan
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