Plastic Recycling

Operation Boost  launched a war on the tonnes of plastic waste generated each day by millions inhabitants of several big cities all over the world.

Over the years plastics have replaced leaves, glass and metal as a cheaper, and more efficient means of packaging. But on the down-side the plastics are non-biodegradable and that means if they are randomly discarded then they collect around the city, choking drains, threatening small animals, damaging the soil and polluting beaches.

“Plastic waste has had a terrible impact on tourism, particularly on the beaches where rain water carries the waste,” The whole society is more and more convinced that all the visible mountains of plastic give the impression to everybody that their country is a filthy country.”

Photo source: http://alexfelipe.wordpress.com/2007/10/27/the-plastic-yard/

With just a few percent plastic waste being recycled, Operation Boost will encourage the creation of new recycling plants as well as working with existing recyclers to expand their facilities.

In the short-term the plastic waste will be recycled into kitchen utensils but Operation Boost will also push for legislation to promote the use of recycled plastic in the manufacture of items such as dustbins and gutters.

“The public health of society is being seriously threatened and the government cannot sit back any longer and see the situation deteriorate. We expect recycling to create a healthy environment for tourists and create lots of jobs.

a man transports plastic bottles and containers for recycling.

In Haikou, China,        a man transports plastic bottles and containers for recycling.        About half of China’s plastic waste goes uncollected. Photo        Credit: REUTERS/China Photo

Operation Boost plans to train independent entrepreneurs as a team of waste collectors and supply them with Multi Purpose Bikes  for house-to-house collection. The workers will be paid US$1 for every 50 kg they collect and the waste will then be stored at one of 10 planned depots around Dakar until it can be recycled.

At the community level, Operation Boost has already begun a PR campaign  targeting children. They also want to create environmental clubs in schools to help pupils appreciate the damage that littering can do and teach them about recycling.

Photo source: http://alexfelipe.wordpress.com/2007/10/27/the-plastic-yard/

The by Operation Boost plastic collecters collected plastics will be sorted on types of plastic. Some types of plastic, for example PET and PVC will be sorted out on colour. After the sortation there will be 7 groups left. We will try to find a recycle solution for every type of plastic.

United Nations Environment Programma started several projects on the conversion of waste plastics into fuel. If you want to learn more you can find many details in the presentations.

Source: http://www.unep.org/ietc/ourwork/wastemanagement/projects/wasteplasticsproject/tabid/79203/default.aspx

Presentation Material:

  1. IETC Waste Management Activities (PDF 541KB)
  2. Overview of the Project “Converting Waste Plastics Into Fuel” (PDF 246KB)
  3. Waste Plastics to Resources: Technologies and its Selection (PDF 1.1MB)
  4. SAT Methodology (PDF 2.9MB)
  5. Waste to Energy: A Case Study from Thailand. Baseline Data from Phitsanulok and Nakhonratchasima (PDF 3.7MB)
  6. Waste Plastics to Liquid Fuel in Phitsanulok Municipality (PDF 2.2MB)
  7. Conversion of Waste Plastics into Fuel: Nakhonratchasima (PDF 3.0MB)
  8. Waste Plastic2Fuel Project in the Philippines. Overview and Baseline Data (PDF 4.0MB)
  9. Waste Plastic2Fuel Waste Plastics to Solid Briquette Fuel Pilot Project in Cebu, Philippines (PDF 171KB)
  10. Prospect and Current Status of Reforming Mixed Plastic Waste to Useful Oil in Thailand. Case Study: Warimchamrap Municipality (PDF 2.6MB)
  11. Waste Plastics Recycling Technologies in the Philippines (PDF 5.1MB)
  12. RPPWF/Green Coal as Sustainable Growth Engine. Creative Co. Ltd. (PDF 1.1MB)
  13. Plastic Waste to Liquid FUEL. Blest Co. Ltd. (PDF 630KB)
  14. Gasification of Organic Waste. Ostrand Corporation (PDF 781KB)
  15. Trader Company Engagement in Recycling Business. Mitsui Thailand (PDF 1.4MB)
  16. Eco-town Initiatives by Private Sectors and Local Governments in Japan (PDF 732KB)