Dominica — Community-powered recycling
Dominica, the ‘Nature Island’ of the Caribbean, is doing its part in the fight to not only recycle, but to reduce the presence of single-use plastic litter. The non-profit organisation, Recycle Rebuild, turns discarded plastic products found on beach clean-ups into a range of goods including jewellery, keyrings, tiles and pipes. It’s part of the islands effort to find innovative ways to reduce and reuse plastic waste. Founder, Rory Throw Dickens, comments, “Our goal is to create Dominica’s first community-powered recycling centre. We’re about creating opportunities from waste and realising the potential of all these things that we’re throwing away”.
The beach clean-ups and production process employs local people, who also benefit from the profits made from selling the remade items. First, the plastics are collected, shredded and placed into an injection machine. From there, they are melted in high heat and poured into a mould. The result is a colourful, marble looking material. Dickens plans to build more machines capable of producing bigger materials, such as building materials. Being able to clean up Dominica’s beautiful beaches of single-use plastics is huge for Dominica’s environmental impact and carbon footprint.
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