This project will implement a small-scale plastic recycling facility that mechanically recycles and melts plastic wastes into new but similar items without changing its chemical composition. It will receive cleaned plastic waste types: low-density polyethylene (LDPE) number 4, polypropylene (PP) number 5, and polystyrene (PS) number 6. One community that has successfully implemented a similar facility reported recycling about 330 lbs. of plastic waste monthly which is over four tons annually (Black 2017). To prevent unacceptable waste such as hazardous wastes, dirty plastics, and unaccepted plastic types our facility will use a source-separation method. Residents in the community will receive three reusable bags, one for each plastic type we accept. Residents can then clean and sort into each bag their plastic waste according to type. Our facility will then pick up the filled bags on a monthly schedule. Any waste collected that our facility can’t recycle will either be sent to the local landfill or to another appropriate recycling facility. The facility will be owned and operated by neighborhood associations wishing to increase plastic recycling in their community.
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Rose Poton (she/her) is a compassionate and creative Conflict and Dispute Resolution professional that enjoys working on issues involving the health and well-being of all people and environments while applying a community-centered and environmental justice lens.