Turning Waste Plastic into Social Improvements | ThisBigCity
Plastic pollution is quite literally an ever-growing problem. Waste bottles, bags and packaging can be seen littering most urban environments – but unlike other forms of waste, they can take anything from 50 to 1,000,000 years to decompose.
A new scheme aims to encourage people living in impoverished regions to tackle the problem. Plastic collected from homes or common littering sites, such as beaches, will be exchangeable at a ‘Plastic Bank’ for goods, 3D printed products (made from the plastic the bank recycles) and micro-finance loans. A pilot of the scheme is being launched in Lima (where only 2% of plastic waste gets recycled), Peru, next year, with plans to open Plastic Banks worldwide if it is successful.