Marine Debris Management
Tetra Tech plays a central role in the global fight to reduce the estimated 11 million metric tons of plastic that flow into the ocean each year.
Tetra Tech helps rapidly urbanizing countries address ocean plastic pollution directly at its source. We work throughout Asia, the Pacific Islands, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America to reduce ocean plastic pollution. Our work includes strengthening waste management systems that advance circular economies and empower vulnerable populations—including women and other informal waste sector members—who play critical roles in managing local waste.
We help partners around the world advance local solid waste management systems to create cleaner cities, healthier oceans, and reduce waste-linked contributions to the climate crisis. Since 2019 Tetra Tech has served as the implementing partner for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s flagship global Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) program to address ocean plastic pollution under the Save our Seas Initiative.
Tetra Tech has helped the CCBO program safely manage 445,000 metric tons of waste and recyclables—preventing more than 60,000 metric tons of plastics from entering the environment (the equivalent of over 5.52 billion plastic bottles) from leaking into the environment. Our services have directly impacted more than 9.2 million 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 government programs, businesses, and organizations. We also have mobilized more than $8.5 million in additional investments for improved solid waste management systems and infrastructure.
Tetra Tech has helped the CCBO program safely manage 445,000 metric tons of waste and recyclables—preventing more than 60,000 metric tons of plastics from entering the environment (the equivalent of over 5.52 billion plastic bottles) from leaking into the environment.
Planning and Design Services
Tetra Tech assists its national and local-level partners to assess existing waste management systems and design programs and facilities to better manage plastic waste and strengthen circular economies.
- National and local solid waste assessments
- Street and marine litter assessments
- Open dump assessment and closure and sanitary landfill design
- Transfer station and material recovery facility design
- Landfill gas collection and control system design
We provide specialized training for national and local governments, waste collection and facility operators, and non-governmental organizations. CCBO’s virtual training library enables partners around the world to benefit from Tetra Tech’s expertise.
- Solid waste planning to advance circular economies
- Remediating and managing open dump sites
- Siting and design of sanitary landfills
- Developing material recovery facilities
- Occupational health and safety
- Community awareness and engagement
- Gender inclusion
Specialized Tool Development Services
We develop and provide tools and resources that empower our partners to implement customized solutions.
- Rapid Assessment Guide for solid waste facilities
- Waste characterization guides
- Street and marine litter guidebooks
- Cost of service analysis
- Funding options for solid waste systems in low- to middle-income countries
Connect with us. Reach out to our integrated solid waste solutions experts.