The Opportunity to IDENTIFY and SHOWCASE HIGH-IMPACT Plastic Waste Reduction INITIATIVES in India




165 Teams Registered. Deadline to Submit Application Extended to 3 January, 2021 (extended). Total Prize Money: USD $5,000

Brought to you by the following organizations:

Commitments Accelerator for
Plastic Pollution

CAPP is a new non-profit organization that brings together transparency, community and action to reduce and eliminate plastic waste.    Members convene to discuss strategies, projects, outcomes, and research. They engage in formal training. They benchmark their performance and track their progress. They replicate and scale high-impact projects and programs with expert and peer mentoring ̶  moving their commitments into achieved milestones.

GOA Institute of Management

Goa Institute of Management began its journey in 1993. Today GIM is one of the leading B-schools in India and offers a rich learning environment through engagement with academia, industry and alumni. GIM seeks to nurture leaders with specialized knowledge of Healthcare, Big Data Analytics, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance. The B-school offers a rich bouquet of programs that meet the challenging business needs of India and the state of Goa.

GIM’s Commitment to Sustainability

The mission of Ocean Recovery Alliance is to reduce plastic pollution on land and water by creating strategic solutions for governments, industry and communities which lead to long-term, hands-on engaging business practices. Our mission is achieved through purposefully designed programs to educate, build awareness and provide solutions which inspire positive societal change at the community, national and international levels. Its founder, Doug Woodring, recently was awarded the coveted Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy from Prince Albert of Monaco for his work in this space

Indian Plastics Institute

Indian Plastic Institute based out of India is an premier professional organization having more than 5000 members and one of the founders of PlastIndia. The focus of IPI is Plastic education and training, through DIPI courses, seminars, endowment lectures, journals, books and connects individuals, corporates and educational institutes. In recent times one of the focus areas is Sustainability & Recycling and has partnered with several organizations in India to promote and create awareness on subject and also work for plastic waste management.

Chellaram Foundation

The Chellaram Foundation was founded  in India on 20 June 2007 by Mr Lal Chellaram  as a  registered section 8 company. It is one of three charities in India, including the   Kishinchand Chellaram Education Trust that was founded in 1949  by the Late Mr. Kishinchand Chellaram  with the noble objective of supporting and assisting various Educational Institutions; and the    Lokumal Kishinchand Charity Trust, a charity founded in 1980 by the Late Mr. Lokumal Chellaram for support to a wide spectrum of causes.

India’s Plastic Waste Problem


The Below Infographic: The Equivalent of 3,285,000 Elephants Per Year of Plastic Waste

The Ganges river is the 6th worst polluting rivers in the world to carry plastic waste into the ocean

The river provides water to about 40% of India’s population across 11 states, and it impacts an estimated population of 500 million people. An estimated 1.2 billion pounds of discarded soft and hard plastic each year wind up into the river

25% of the uncollected waste each day is from 10 major cities

Dehli, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Surat, Kanpur, Pune

(Source CPCB)

Who Can Apply

Teams of 3 to 4 students from India’s top academic institutions

Top Business Schools
Top Scientific Institutions
Top Technology Schools


Each team will champion a successful high-impact initiative (project/program) in India that reduces and prevents plastic waste.


Teams will make the case why and how their selected initiative could be replicated and scaled by other stakeholders throughout India and the world


Complete the Summary Sheet by

30 December, 2020 (Stage One).

A shortlisted number of teams will be notified by 15 January and asked to submit a detailed Case Study due

15 February, 2021 (Stage Two).

Stage One:

Complete Summary Sheet by

3 January, 2021

Register Your Team
Research Initiatives
Select One to Champion
Submit Summary Sheet Application

Stage Two:

Finalists Submit Case Study by

15 February, 2021

Finalists announced 15 January, 2021
Finalists to submit Case Study by 15 February, 2021
See below for what the case study template (coming soon) will address

About the Case Study (for the Finalists)

Each Case Study will highlight one initiative (project, program or technology solution). Each team will use the same Case Study template that will be provided to the finalists in January. The Case Study will address the following for each initiative:       

The initiative championed, its goals/objectives, data captured (if available), and how well it was executed.       

The initiative’s background: where, how and when it was implemented, its origin or inspiration of the idea; and how it helps solve the problem of plastic pollution/waste.       

What were the internal and external impacts of this initiative on the community, and other constituents?       

What was the timeframe of the initiative and what resources were brought together to make it happen. Did the initiative’s execution occur as forecast/planned, and what was learned?

What are the clear, tangible evidences about how this initiative has benefitted the surrounding environment and community?·       

How can this initiative be replicated and scaled (expanded) by other communities in India. What improvements could be made to improve the initiative even more, and easier for other stakeholders to replicate the same type of idea?


What are the initiative’s main challenges to overcome when implemented?

What are the sacrifices needed to be made in order to show results?       

What is the social impact, related to community well-being, on families; on improved healthcare and environmental conditions? Towards reducing poverty, if any? Reducing air pollution?

The Timeline

5-30 November, 2020 : Registration

Stage One

3 January, 2021: Teams Submit Summary Sheet Application

Stage Two

15 January, 2021: Shortlisted Finalists Notified

15 February, 2021 : Finalists Submit Case Studies

26 February, 2021: Presentations, Panel and Award Ceremony


Total Prize Money: USD $5,000

Overall 1st Place Winning Team: USD $1,000

2nd Place Winning Team: USD $750

3rd Place Winning Team: USD $450

2 additional case study winners will be announced in each of the following 4 categories ($350 each winner):

  • For Initiatives Offered by Business  

  • For Initiatives Offered by NGOs or Informal Organizations

  • For Initiatives Offered by Local Municipalities

  • For Initiatives Offered by a Stakeholder with Limited Resources

Why Participate

Here are some prizes for the winners

Main Sponsor:

Competition Prize Money: USD $5,000

Overall 1st Place Winner: USD $1,000

2nd Place Winner: USD $750

3rd Place Winner: USD $450

4 Categories: 2 Winners Each @USD $250

For Overall Winning Team:

One-month internship with an international organization working on plastic pollution

For Top 3 Overall Winning Teams

Publication of winning case studies in the reputed international journal of the Indian Plastics Institute

For 3 Top Overall Winning Teams

Opportunity to participate in an international discussion forum on plastic pollution and sustainability

For all Teams Who Submit Summary Sheet Applications

All submitted Exec Summaries will be presented online at CAPP.Global and Generate deserved recognition to the initiative your team selects


Phone #: 91 22 66950347

Kind attn: Mr Sandeep Shinde


Indian Plastics Institute

30 Sarvodaya Industrial Area

Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East

Mumbai 400093 India


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