How You Could Start Your Own Plastics Recycling Business

A designer from the Netherlands wants to help you set up your own plastics recycling plant.

Plastic pollution is a serious problem, with studies showing that if things don’t change plastic will outweigh fish in the sea by 2050. One refuse truck-worth of plastic is dumped into the sea every minute.

And did you know the production of one kilo of polyethylene – the most common plastic – requires the equivalent of two kilos of oil for energy and raw material?


Dave Hakkens wants to address this problem with his project Precious Plastic, which provides open source information and instructions on how to build the machines needed to recycle plastic.

“I made these machines based on industrial standards,” Hakkens told Dezeen magazine, “But they are all made very simple so you can produce locally. Like a craftsman, you can start working with plastic.”

You can download the blueprints of the machine for free. The machines are designed to be easy to use and less complex than the ones used in the larger factories and can be made using everyday materials and basic tools that can be found all over the world.

Electronic Waste

Plastic isn’t the only waste problem that the world is struggling with. Studies have predicted that by 2018, there will be 50 million tonnes of electronic waste produced every year. This amount of e-waste far-outstrips our capacity to manage it in an environmentally and socially sound way – perhaps Dave could help?

Or could you? Climate-KIC has teamed up with the UN Environment Programme to promote e-waste recycling and offers a free course.

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