a CIRCULAR ECONOMY initiative to encourage entrepreneurship in small scale plastic recycling of plastic waste and biomass waste.
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To improve product value we need a low cost mixing extruder that can combine multiple materials to create high value recycled products. As a global project we can combine university researchers, NGOs, entrepreneurs and environmental groups to develop sustainable recycling that enables local employment and improved value for recycled materials.
A twin screw compounding extruder is a small, energy efficient mixer buildable globally with the proper design and formulation training. As with 3D printers this is an area ripe for innovation in the open source domain.
Products made of dissimar plastics, waste biomass, tetrapak, reinforcement including natural, carbon and glass fibers. Equipment can be used for biomaterials, nanomaterials along with process additives can produce high value recycled products at local scale.
Manufacture can include automobile components, furniture, flooring, window frames, doors, electrical components. cluding mixed waste plastics, waste biomass, tetrapak, sawdust and create high quality engineering thermoplastic useful in the construction and furniture markets.
Direct waste to product (W2P) opens up infinite possibilities for product design, engineering of materials and high quality final product for local manufacture. The fabrication processes being developed are state of the art using the latest engineering design and optimization to ensure a quality fabrication and energy efficient process.
The goal is to support an expansion of the circular economy by filling gaps in machine design and democratization of formulation and recycling processes so we can break the cycle of waste plastic being dumped and not used as a valuable local resource.
We want to train and support the entrepreneurs involved in plastic recycling globally offering tools to help them improve their income, introduce them to higher value addition, making recycling a viable business proposition.
We focus on small/medium scale enterprises that can benefit with technology improvements. In India alone there are 10,000 unregistered recycling entrepreneurs processing 6MMT of the 16MMT plastic produced per year. (Source: PlastIndia Foundation)