A Plastic Program grouped project combines multiple project activity instances into a single, combined project that adds new instances over time. Using Plastic Program requirements for grouped projects, a project proponent may avoid undergoing a full validation for each new instance added to the project. This allows projects to scale up over time and reduce transaction costs.
The project proponent must:
The project proponent defines the geographic areas for the grouped project, including where new project activity instances may be added, and establishes criteria for determining the eligibility of future instances. These requirements are included in the project description.
Complete initial validation
The project proponent contracts a validation/verification body (VVB) to assess the grouped project based on the initial project activity instances and to decide whether the eligibility criteria are appropriate for determining the validity of future instances.
The project proponent contracts a VVB to verify the collected and/or recycled plastic waste for the project activity instances that have been validated to be part of the grouped project.
Add new instances
The project proponent may include new project activity instances during a verification event. The contracted VVB assesses if the project activity instances comply with the eligibility criteria and fall within the predetermined geographic areas. New instances are then monitored together with the other project activity instances and the collected and/or recycled plastic waste is verified.