Questionnaire on best practices and enabling conditions for improving the collection, separation and recycling of plastic waste


The Plastic Waste Partnership was established by Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal to improve the environmentally sound management of plastic waste, prevent and minimize their generation and reduce their discharge into the environment. The Basel Convention is the most comprehensive global environmental agreement on hazardous wastes and other wastes, including plastic wastes.

The Partnership seeks to identify best practices and lessons learned to improve collection, separation and recycling systems of plastic waste and to set up and increase capacity for environmentally sound recycling plastic waste, focusing on plastic packaging waste.

The information gathered will support the Partnership in its task of sharing knowledge and promoting the development of policy, regulation and strategies on these topics. Emphasis is placed on identifying innovative solutions involving the cooperation among stakeholders and that take into account countries’ different technical, geographical, possibilities for market access, financial or regulatory circumstances and different waste compositions.

The survey is designed to be responded by individuals. Please feel free to invite other stakeholders knowledgeable on plastic waste management.

Instructions for completing and submitting the questionnaire:

The questionnaire contains three sections:

Sections A and B aim to collect information about policies, programmes and initiatives that will help identify best practices and enabling conditions for improving plastic waste collection, separation and recycling.

Section A focuses on policies/regulations and programmes, including financing mechanisms (e.g extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems, advanced/prepaid disposal fees) and voluntary schemes, to improve plastic waste collection, separation and recycling.

Section B focuses on initiatives (i.e any venture [for profit or not profit reasons], including projects and pilot projects, implemented by public, private bodies or NGOs and) that are implemented to set up and increase capacity for environmentally sound recycling

Section C aims to collect specific information about EPR systems for plastic packaging waste to help identify best practices in addressing challenges encountered in the implementation of such systems.

Please complete the sections of the questionnaire that are relevant to your area of competence or specific situation. You do not need to answer all questions or sections to be able to submit the questionnaire.

You are invited to submit the completed questionnaire to the Secretariat by 28 February 2021

How to save and submit the questionnaire:

  • Click “Save progress” at the bottom of each page to save the information at any time. You will be provided with a "resume code" which you will need if you wish to return to the questionnaire after having closed it. To be able to save your progress, your browser cookies must be activated.
  • After completing the questionnaire, click on“Review and submit” at the bottom of the last page to display your answers to the questions. After reviewing the answers, if necessary, click on "Back to survey" to modify the answers.
  • When you are ready to submit the questionnaire, click on "Submit questionnaire" at the bottom of the last page. On the next page that will be displayed you will be able to download a Word document containing a copy of your answers.

Technical support and questions:

For technical support and questions, please contact Ms. Melisa Lim (E-mail: at the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.