PRESSING PLASTIC PROBLEMS IN PERU
PLUS A POCKET-SIZED MIRACLE ON WHEELS
Two years ago, we launched our plans for a plastic recycling project in Peru. Our ultimate goal, a large recycling factory to serve the whole region, firmly remains our orientation point on the horizon, but to get there we have to take small steps at a time.
In last year’s report we wrote about our business plan for the factory. We are still pursuing the goal to fund this factory eventually, but that has proven to be a bit of a giant leap. We have adjusted our approach in that we now take smaller steps to work in the right direction. If the laws of physics apply, those should get us there just the same!
Since plastic is now gathered structurally, there is a constant availability of plastic on location in the Piura region. Looking for ways to put this waste to good use, we decided to investigate possibilities to build a modest full-recycling plant. Up to this point, reworking the plastic locally has by neccesity been limited to the first steps of the process. Lacking the equipment to complete the recycling process, the plastic must then be sent to a factory in the country’s capital of Lima.
A POCKET-SIZED SOLUTION
TO A PRESSING PLASTIC PROBLEM!
This year, we selected an initiative by the Dutch start-up company Plastic Fantastic as a feasible possibility for a small scale plant. Plastic Fantastic developed a full recycling process on a scale that can easily be fitted into a small trailer, making it supremely suited for use in under-developed areas. The trailer plant allows all varieties of plastic to be reworked together to form solid, robust objects such as building blocks or poles.
In the coming year we aim to set up a recycling plant with a local partner and rework waste plastic into products that can be used locally. A pocket-sized solution to a pressing plastic problem!