MECHANICAL UPCYCLING OF PLASTIC WASTE
Mechanically upcycling plastic waste to reduce environmental pollution and improve the villagers’ quality of life
With an estimated 73 million tons of household waste each year and an annual growth rate of 2 to 4 %, indonesian infrastructure remains yet to be upgraded (90% of the country’s dumps are still open-air) and the country is facing critical challenges regarding waste management (Bernstein, 2014).
Indonesia is also the second largest producer of plastic waste thrown into the sea after China. Each year, plastic use is on the rise due to the emergence and rapid development of a wealthier middle class attracted by the Western consumption model, thus preferring processed and wrapped-up products to local fresh ones. Another reason is the use of individual and single-use packaging enabling large companies to sell to the less privileged classes a large selection of products at an affordable price.
At a local level, waste management and garbage pick-up don’t exist. Here is how waste is currently handled :
Rimba takes action on the third category of waste in order to help the local communities to preserve their environment and improve the sanitary conditions in their villages through :