‘The handling and recycling of plastic waste in the rural areas of India’
By: Sofie Stewart-Vaz Wallin and Victoria Margrethe Fabricius Grut, Design and Innovation, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
By developing new recycling solutions, that are specifically relevant and designed for developing countries, we can help control the growing plastic crisis that these countries are facing.
Currently, the world is facing a plastic consumption crisis. Those most affected, are the countries lacking a proper waste-management system.
By establishing a demand for the plastic waste that does not get collected, it’s value will increase. This can provide an incentive for its collection, thus preventing it from being dumped, burned, or left at landfills.
The final product presented in this report is a tile with multiple functions, made out of soft plastic waste. It can be used for roofs, facades, and pavements. This flexibility allows for inclusivity and gives villages the convenience of choosing the function that is most beneficial to them.
The solution is intended to be generic, as it allows for implementation in various communities, and therefore provides the potential to create a significant change. This solution aims to provide these countries with a strategy to handle the current, unmanageable volume of waste.