‘Genanvendelse som forandringsskaber – upcycling af plastik i flygtningelejr’
By: Daniel Lilja Frykman, Nanna Nielsen and Marlene Schmidt Pedersen, Institut for Mechanical Technology, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
This project provides a proposal for the implementation of a plastic recycling production unit in Kyangwali Refugee Camp in Uganda, thus creating both economically, environmentally, and social value.
In Kyangwali Refugee Settlement there is a current sustainability challenge: Plastic pollution, use of local scarce materials, and environmental pressure caused by the increasing flux of refugees. Care and Lendager Group have an ambition to create a sustainable refugee camp partly by recycling plastic.
This project addresses these challenges and presents our take on a sustainable solution. One of the means is recycling and reusing plastic waste and turn it into valuable products that can be used and sold in the camp. The concept consists of a production system design, considering every step in the waste-to-product process, and a product portfolio.
The portfolio consists of beams, roofing sheets, and string. The products should be sold in Kyangwali to the refugees and neighbors of the camp. The products remove plastic waste from the camp and turn it into useful basic building materials. The products will substitute scarce raw materials and support the refugees in entrepreneurial business that can benefit the economically and socially aspects of the camp.