‘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)

Summery

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.

Project description

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.

PROJECT PLASTIC 2020 finalists: Read about all of the finalists here.

This project is selected as a finalist and will be a part of the PROJECT PLASTIC 2020 award show on Plastic Engineering Day, October 29 from 12-16.

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Read about the rest of the PROJECT PLASTIC finalists here:

RackBox - Transporting TVs for service
Link to PROJECT PLASTIC 2020 finalist: ‘RackBox – Transporting TVs for service’
‘Computer vision-based auto-calibration system for Direct Light Processing printers'
Link to ‘Computer vision-based auto-calibration system for Direct Light Processing printers’
‘SORT-ER, Fulfilment of selected sustainable development goals in the plastic industry -finding a viable solution’
Link to ‘SORT-ER: Fulfilment of selected sustainable development goals in the plastic industry – finding a viable solution’
The handling and recycling of plastic waste in the rural areas of India
Link to The handling and recycling of plastic waste in the rural areas of India’
'Genanvendelse som forandringsskaber – upcycling af plastik i flygtningelejr'
Link to ‘Genanvendelse som forandringsskaber – upcycling af plastik i flygtningelejr’