As a rapidly developing region experiencing challenges related to climate change, plastic waste, and resource management, there is growing demand across Asia to improve environmental performance and seek cost-effective, circular solutions.
The regenerative mission of RRS Asia is focused on working with motivated and regionally-based organisations to advance recovery models, enhance business profitability, and develop regional circular economies as businesses transition from CSR to strategic sustainability programmes and from a linear to a circular model.
By creating end-to-end solutions, RRS accelerates change and bridges the vision of sustainability with solutions.
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RRS has studied markets throughout the world including projects on plastics and fiber, solid waste management, recycling programs, recycling policy, organics processing, consumer behavior, and packaging policy. RRS has conducted studies within or about the Asia-Pacific region including: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, and Vietnam.
RRS regional representative office is located in Singapore.
RRS has supported the development of facilities in Indonesia and Malaysia by working with organisations focused on community-based collection to market solutions for recyclables. RRS has the technical expertise, operational knowledge, and equipment relationships to support the assessment and development of material recovery facilities (MRF) development – both basic and advanced – across Asia.
The RRS team has in-depth expertise across all commodity plastics and recycling technologies (mechanical and advanced) in countries around the world, including Asia. RRS is experienced in plastic supply studies, end-to-end supply chain development, best practices, equipment solutions, and regulatory assistance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) letter of non-objection (LNO) applications.
Education and Technical Assistance
Drawing upon more than 35 years of experience with recovery technologies and packaging materials, RRS has a technical learning series to help teams working with green technology investments in Asia better understand the technical aspects and economics of waste management and various recovery strategies. The series covers composting, plastic recycling, and advanced recycling technologies. As part of supporting investors, RRS conducts in-depth technical red flag assessments as well as market and diligence studies across the green tech space.
Due Diligence and Impact Metrics
RRS helps companies with their investment strategies in infrastructure, recycling, and technology organisations to address mis-managed plastics in Southeast Asia and India. RRS provides due diligence review and analysis in line with the organisation’s strategic goals and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. Additionally, RRS develops standardised impact metrics model (IMM) to enable measurement of the impact of investments and initiatives both for look-forward forecasting purposes as well as tracking of actual performance achieved.
Waste and Recovery Assessments
RRS has conducted research in more than 34 countries to document solid waste, recycling and organics systems, and related policy frameworks. This data along with RRS’ expertise in evaluating management and recovery systems is used to inform zero waste strategies for recycling and organics and to help clients better understand market and business risk related to waste. For an example of a landscape study, download the study: Walmart White Paper
Packaging Recyclability Assessment
Relying on decades of experience with recyclability assessments and materials, RRS has helped companies with operations in Asia advance their packaging goals related to reusable, recyclable, and compostable packaging by providing information in all areas related to packaging design, consumer recycling instructions, and investment strategies.
RRS specializes in landscape-level assessments and mapping of textile waste and recovery flows to inform the development of approaches to scaling circularity. RRS convenes stakeholders from across the supply chain and downstream recovery value chain to address these shared challenges. RRS’s proficiencies span policy, infrastructure, sorting technologies, end market development, and more.
“As the world’s first investment fund dedicated to the ocean plastic crisis in South and Southeast Asia, Circulate Capital provides our portfolio companies with the mentorship and technical assistance needed to grow and scale their businesses. RRS was one of the first groups we partnered with to help us understand the potential impact of our investment strategy. RRS’ understanding of materials, reclamation systems, and advanced recycling technologies enables our team to deepen its subject matter expertise and invest in fit-for-market solutions.” – Rob Kaplan, Founder & CEO, Circulate Capital
“As part of our technology expansion into Asia, we hired RRS to help us understand the waste plastic landscape and identify sources of reliable volumes in Vietnam. Through their network and experience, and despite a market severely affected by Covid-19, RRS managed to provide us with the necessary landscape supply assessment, intelligence, an analysis for us to make informed decisions.” – Shakil Rahman, SVP Global Plastics Development and Origination, Brightmark
RRS Asia Team
All RRSers, depending upon skill set and expertise, may work on any project whether international or domestic. Here are a few team members that are playing a leading role in our Asia-Pacific outreach.
Connect with our RRS Asia team to get more information.