Crowdsourced, co-developped and without patents
These machines are based on existing technologies that have already proven to be successful as far as sorting, recycling and pyrolysis are concerned. However, they have to be improved and adapted to be mobile, budget-friendly, easy to produce and to repair. Blueprints will be available online for free so that everyone can have access to them freely.
When collected, plastic waste usually ends up in landfills or incinerated, and in the best case scenario, recycled.
Most often than imagined they are left in open landfills or in the natural environment. During our expedition, We intend to recycle this waste before it leaks into the environment.
Sorting allows us to :
– remove non-plastic material (metals, natural organic matter, glass, etc.)
– sort the most common plastics in 7 categories. Each one of them will then be treated in a specific way depending on its physical properties.
We do not recycle PET and PVC as they contain toxic substances. They will be compacted and sold to specialized industries.
Sorting is done manually, waste objects are visually identified. A simple tool to identify each plastic type to help reduce errors.
We use a shredder equipped with rotating blades and powered by an engine.
Plastic is shredded several times until it gets small enough, then is put in a separate bin.
What’s left of heavy waste (such as sand, metals, PVC, PET) will sink whilst the recyclable plastic floats and can be picked up at the surface.
This technology allows to process non-recyclable waste as it may be too dirty, too degraded or mixed up with other substances.
The products obtained will be used as a fuel to power the ship’s engine and recycling technologies during the stopovers.