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Plastic Circularity Innovation Challenge for Bangladesh

November 16, 2020-February 15, 2021



The World Bank

With the support of the PROBLUE program, the World Bank is calling for innovative solutions to help address plastic issues in Bangladesh. Through the Innovation Challenge, the World Bank seeks to raise awareness around plastic issues in Bangladesh; mobilize multiple stakeholders, especially youth to think about innovative solutions; and engage with external speakers to inspire stakeholders on the issues that can create solutions.

Judging: A panel of three leading experts on plastics pollution will evaluate submissions which meet the Eligibility criteria and comply with Submission Rules. The committee will select four finalists from each window (two individuals and two organizations) to proceed to the final selection. Finalists will be notified and will be invited to a public event (virtually or to Dhaka depending on international rules of travel) to make a presentation in front of judges.

Awards: The winning finalists of the Innovation Challenge will be awarded BDT 80,000, certificate, and featured on World Bank Group websites and social media channels. They will be asked to present their solutions at an international event convened by the World Bank.   

  • There will be two innovation windows:

    Window 1: Innovative solution for collection/sorting, recycling of low valued plastics (SUPs, MLPs) - This window seeks for innovative solution which helps increase circulation of plastics through increasing recycling rate and promoting up cycle. It can be innovative technologies/systems to increase the rate of plastic waste collection and could be technologies/behavior change to facilitate the segregation of the wastes or to promote segregation at source. It will also include innovative solution to better manage problematic plastics such as single use plastics (SUPs) and multi-layered plastics (MLPs) through reuse and recycling.

    Window 2: Digital technology in coping with plastic pollution - This window seeks for digital technology which help facilitate the efforts to address plastic pollution (e. g. Behavior change, reduction of use of plastics, collection/sorting, recycling). An example is software to track the plastic wastes to facilitate waste collection.

    For each window, there will be individual and organization categories. These categories will be evaluated separately.

  • The Submission should be a solution to plastic issues applicable to Bangladesh. The applicant must choose one from the following windows which is most applicable to proposed solution.
    ·  Window 1: Innovative solution for collection/sorting, recycling of low valued plastics (SUPs, MLPs) 
    ·  Window 2: - Digital technology in coping with plastic pollution
    The submission format can be in the form of a video, a powerpoint providing more details of solutions to plastic pollution listed above.
    - All participants name, age, email address and mobile number should be clearly mentioned in the submission.
    - Submissions can be in English or Bangla and will be judged based on the following criteria:

    · Solution applicable for Bangladesh; Scalability/replicability; Innovativeness/creativity; Impacts – Already having demonstration is a plus; Affordability/Cost effectiveness; Evidence based – Use of available data; Inclusiveness - Collaboration with the government, private sector, as well as a community; Co-benefit – COVID-19 response, climate change, and SDGs; Operational safety and environmental safeguards
    - Submissions must a) be original; b) be solely owned by Contestant, who represents that no other party has any rights or interest, whether known or unknown; and Contestant represents that it has obtained the license or permission to use materials owned by third parties  granting  Contestant  the right to use such third party or proprietary materials for the Submission and does not violate the privacy rights of other parties. The World Bank disclaims any liability for violations of privacy, or infringements or other violations of  intellectual property rights based on claims of ownership by Contestant; Contestant, by entering the Challenge, agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the Bank against any third-party claims.
    - There is no fee payable to enter the competition.
    - The last date of submission is February 15, 2021 Midnight (BST- Bangladesh Standard Time)

    Submissions can be sent via:
    or email:

    Eligibility Requirements

    1. The Challenge is open to Contestants (‘Contestant”) from member countries of the World Bank. Contestants may be individuals or organizations (profit, non-profit organizations, academic).  Contestants are responsible for compliance with legal requirements of their country.

    2. The Innovation challenge has two categories for submission: Individual vs Organization

    a. Individual Category: An individual or a team of maximum three (3) individuals may submit entries. Individuals who join teams must meet the eligibility requirements for Individual Contestants. All entrants must be of minimum of 18 years old as of August 30, 2020. Any national from a Bank member country can participate

    b. Organization Category: Organizations must be legally established entities (profit, non-profit) in their respective countries. Organizations can join the challenge individually or form up to two teams. In case of an organization registered outside Bangladesh, to be able to participate, it must form a team with an entity registered in Bangladesh. 
    Staff, contractors and vendors of the World Bank Group, the members of the Judging Panel or any company or individual involved with the design, production, execution or distribution of the Challenge and their immediate family members are not eligible to join the Challenge.   

    Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from the Challenge, which decision shall be final All shortlisted Submissions are subject to verification by the World Bank whose decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Challenge.