IBM to track plastic waste in the cloud

IBM to track plastic waste in the cloud
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IBM is working with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste on the Plastics Recovery Insight and Steering Model ("PRISM") to bring together multiple data sources in a single model.
By Nick Flaherty


IBM is to provide a major cloud-based system to track plastic waste around the world.

The company is working with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste as a Supporting Member to design a single data platform hosted on IBM Cloud to help track plastic waste and recovery globally. The Alliance is a non-profit organization that brings together a community of members from across the plastics value chain to combat the global plastic waste challenge.

The Plastics Recovery Insight and Steering Model (“PRISM”) aims to bring together multiple data sources to provide a single source for charities, suppliers, communities, regulators and other organizations, improve waste management.

The platform will be designed to track plastic consumption and collection; plastic waste generated and leaking into the environment; waste management and recycling solutions in place; and additional data sets as the tool is expanded.

“A very significant obstacle we face in combatting the plastic waste challenge is how to bring together the multitude of data that exists in a way that’s verifiable, flexible and actionable,” said Nick Kolesch, Vice President for Projects, Alliance to End Plastic Waste. “IBM Cloud provides the flexibility to convene stakeholders and value chain participants to securely contribute data, with an easy path for migration, hosting and user access. We are pleased that IBM has joined our efforts, and look forward to their contribution of solutions, advanced technologies and capabilities in pursuit of our mission.”

“Plastics play an essential role in our global economy, from simple packaging and shipping, to critical, life-saving materials for hospitals and healthcare workers,” said Manish Chawla, Global Industry Managing Director, Energy, Resources, and Manufacturing at IBM. “By harnessing the power of cloud and artificial intelligence we can bring together valuable and disparate pieces of data in secured and flexible environment where everyone from Alliance members to governments and regulators can collaborate to address this global challenge.”

Development began with the support of IBM Garage, a framework where organizations can work with IBM in combining technology, design and business strategies.

The Alliance was formed in January 2019 and has over 50 member companies, project partners, allies and supporters in 14 global programmes and initiatives. That number is expected to double in the near term.

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