Plastic recycling machine for the developing world

by Andy N in Reading, Berkshire, England

To build a full size machine to be used in the 3rd word by local communities to tackle the problem of waste plastic and also provide income.

by Andy N in Reading, Berkshire, England

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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by November 30th 2018 at 1:29pm

Plastic waste is damaging the natural world and is becoming a global concern. The problem is worst in developing countries where most of the waste ends up, these areas are also some of the poorest on earth and people living there lack the resources to tackle the problem.

The video shows a prototype machine I have developed that can recycle plastic waste into useful objects simply. This machine has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible so it can operate in remote areas that have poor power grids (you cannot even run a domestic oven in many areas) or even from solar power. The prototype machine can run from a single standard solar PV panel. The machine is very simple to understand and operate and doesn't require any other complicated or expensive tools.

In addition to tackling the environmental problem, this machine will also provide communities with employment opportunities and financial income by producing useful items from free waste which can then be sold, traded, or used within the community. The prototype machine can produce small flower pots. The full size machine will also be able to produce large flower pots, small bowls and other objects of a similar shape and size.

I have developed the prototype machine entirely in my own time with no external funding. I now need to raise money to build a full sized version. I am already working with several NGOs running projects in Africa and have provided them with moulds for making things such as wall tiles from waste plastic. I am aware of many projects, particularly in rural areas, where this machine is needed.

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Small flower pot from the prototype machine - random colour (reward available in UK only)

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Group of three small flower pots made on the prototype machine - random colours (reward available in UK only)


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