Leveraging supply chain and block chain technology to reduce ocean-bound plastic waste

Plastic pollution is a complex and growing global issue, with millions of tons of plastic waste reaching our oceans each year, killing thousands of seabirds, turtles, seals and other marine mammals.

However new research has identified an approach to removing, recycling and reutilizing plastic that not only has a positive impact on the environment, but can also benefit communities in need in developing countries.

Joining me to discuss how supply chain and block chain technology are being leveraged in innovative new ways to address the issue of plastic pollution is Opher Baron with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

So, when there is more value here, you and I are willing to put some money to reducing our own personal plastic footprint. There are companies that are willing to become, that want to become, ‘plastic neutral’ and they are willing to put money and invest into it.

Interviewed this episode:

Opher Baron

University of Toronto

Opher Baron is a Distinguished Professor of Operations Management and the Academic Director, MMA Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.  He was a visiting associate Professor at the Industrial engineering and Management faculty of Technion (2009/10) and a visiting Professor at the School of Information Management and Engineering, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (2016/17). He has a PhD in Operations Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA and BSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.  On the teaching front, Opher is especially proud of the modeling and analytics courses he introduced and teaches at Rotman. On the application front he is proud of launching the Covidppehelp.ca platform with his colleagues. This platform has facilitated the flow of millions of PPE items to end-user customers during the global Covid19 pandemic. His research interests include queueing, business analytics, service operations (such as healthcare), autonomous vehicles, and revenue management. Opher’s work is published in leading journals such as Operations Research, and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and he has won several research and teaching awards and grants, including the 1000 Talents Plan Scholar from the Shanghai Municipal Government, 2017. Opher is active in the operations research and operations management community. He has given numerous invited keynote lectures and seminars, chaired several conferences, clusters, and sessions, and is currently serving on the advisory board and editorial boards of several journals.