Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) is USAID’s global, flagship program for implementing the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act and reducing the estimated 11 million tons of plastic that flow into the ocean each year. By enhancing circularity in rapidly urbanizing areas of developing countries, Clean Cities Blue Ocean is targeting a major source of ocean plastic pollution.
USAID’s Five Building Blocks for Reduced Ocean Plastic Pollution together create the program’s systems approach:
USAID strongly believes that local solutions are key to addressing the global challenge of ocean plastic pollution. The program works with local partners, as well global experts, to implement and test locally-relevant and sustainable approaches to reduce ocean plastics in collaboration that can be shared, scaled, and tailored to meet the needs and local realities of individual communities, public and private sector actors, and waste value chains around the world.
Clean Cities, Blue Ocean works across seven countries and in more than 25 cities across Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Through these activities, USAID is implementing the priorities of Section 202 of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act in key ocean plastics pollution hotspots.
To date, Clean Cities, Blue Ocean has:
- Secured over 35,000 tons of plastic and other materials (the equivalent of over 1.4 million one-liter plastic bottles) from leaking into the environment
- Aggregated over 250,000 tons of waste and recyclables, of which over 30 tons was recovered and diverted from landfills
- Trained over 550 individuals from local government, the informal waste sector, and local organizations to build local capacity for solid waste management planning and programs
- Directly impacted over 86,000 individuals who have experienced improved air and water quality as a result of landfill remediation activities or have improved access to waste services as a result of new local businesses and organizations
- Awarded over $2.1 million in grants to local partners to implement effective, locally-led solutions
- Formed partnerships with local government units and groups including the Metro Manila Development Authority and World Bank to develop long-term city waste plans for strengthened, more resilient local systems