River Recycle

Turning ecological catastrophe into a circular business

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Problem:

Our oceans are being filled by plastic waste.






Over 8 million metric tons of plastic are entering the oceans of the world every year.

Plastic is causing a massive natural disaster. The use of plastic is soaring from 300 million tons in 2014 to over 1124 tons by 20501.







In developing countries the waste management systems are not able to cope with the increased use of plastic is. A major part of the plastic is transported to the oceans by rivers in these countries.







What if the problem could be turned into something valuable?


3 Million tonnes of waste plastic could have a market value of € 900 million. If burnt, the energy could be sold for over € 100 million.








Solution:

Concentrate and collect waste plastic from rivers and use it for energy and recycled raw material.





The plastic is spread to the nature by hundreds of millions of people. The littered area covers millions of square kilometers and tens of thousands of kilometers of river banks. Once the trash enters the oceans it is spread to an even larger area.

On its way from land to the ocean a major part of the plastic spends a passing moment relatively concentrated in rivers2.

Riverrecycle.com has developed a technology to collect the plastic and other solid particles from the rivers and thereby reduce the amount of waste entering the oceans.





With our partners we are able to supply the necessary solutions to concentrate, collect and recycle the plastic where applicable, and to turn the remaining solid particles into energy. The aim is to create local income and employment by making it logistically efficient to recycle waste. By creating a local ecosystem able to derive value from collected waste, Riverrecycle is likely to make many other forms of waste collection financially feasible.






Case: Bali, Indonesia


Energy

If burnt, the waste could replace electricity currently being produced by hotels’ own diesel generators.

Clean Rivers

Plastic makes the rivers unusable for local residents.

Plastic Raw Materials

Millions of euros worth of raw material could be collected, recycled and sold to create income.

Tourism

Tourism is suffering and 30 tonnes of waste is collected from Kuta beach every night by maids on night shift.