Startup hires unemployed to recycle discarded plastic


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The developing world is buried in discarded plastic

Visit many developing countries, from Haiti to the Philippines, and you'll notice plastic trash scattered all over the ground. Demand for single-use plastic spurs the extraction of additional fossil fuels, and the discarded end products often end up in the ocean. While the problem is very apparent, the thought of collecting all this rubbish and stemming the tide of single-use plastic is daunting.

Solution: Create a marketplace for plastic waste by recycling it

The Plastic Bank is a social venture that hires residents of developing countries to gather discarded plastic, which is then melted down into recycled plastic pellets, which can then be resold to manufacturers by plastic brokers. Not only does this create a resale market for garbage, but it generates jobs in poorer areas.

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Category: Environment


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Dave Cannon is a Seattle-based entrepreneur and consultant to nonprofits and small businesses. He loves Thai food and takes terrible photographs. You can follow him on Linkedin.
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