V4 Collection System
hi people, interested in the collection system
For every precious plastic workspace that you want to start, you will need plastic material. To get this material sorted, cleaned and ready to work with, it precedes a whole other process. This is why a plastic collection network is important to have when plastic is your main material.
We are heading closer to the launch of version 4, exciting time but also time to focus even more on what we are doing. With a new collection team and all the information from new and old members, we are able to create a strategy. This strategy will function as a base to make it easier for everyone to collect the right materials and inform the people in your surroundings.
@juul I really like your upcycled blue food barrels. We have a few similar barrels that were used to ship olives, etc. and once they are empty they are not reused or shipped back, and can be had very cheaply. We use them for rain barrels. After 2 years one of them still has that pepperoncini aroma.
They are a little over 200 liters. We use them to catch rainwater from our gutters. I have been informed that rainwater is better for our plants than the stuff that comes out of the tap (that I drink). The concept of catching rainwater may not be common in Eindhoven.
The communication part of the collection
We made a little overview of the different ways of communication and divided them into 5 different ways. We will try some communication examples of each category.
– Media (blog, social media…..)
– Signs (wooden board, poster, flag…….)
– Message (mail, article…….)
– Audio (radio, talking, event…..)
– Handouts (flyer, sticker……..)
We will keep you updated here how we try these ways of communication in Eindhoven and what we learn from this. If you do have any suggestions feel free to write a comment/suggestion. Keeping track of everything from our new desk at the entrance 🙂
The communication part of the collection – Sings
We noticed by checking our visitors form that our signs in front of our building were making a lot of people curious. This made them come inside and we had the option to explain the project to them.
Our first sign only said “drop by and bring your plastic” this made people bringing all the plastic. We changed this into a bit more precise message “bring your plastic, clean” with illustrations and the types. Another thing that we changed is that we made one side in the local language (Dutch) and one side in English. We will start to use the new sign from next Monday.
This sign does stand on the side of the road. We do have another sign hanging on our entrance wall “plastic collection point” and we have a big Precious plastic flag also hanging next to our entrance.
I think testing the different ways of communicating to people about the existence of your collection point is a great experiment, and it also gets curious people to see the PP facility.
I’m curious how popular the Eindhoven municipal program is https://eindhovennews.com/features/2018/10/how-to-recycle-plastic-in-eindhoven/ . Are the orange topped bins in many locations? Are they used?
@s2019 Yes, they do get used (they do sometimes look different) and you can mostly find them around the supermarket. What is super nice because it makes people separate their plastic waste from their general waste. They will use recycled plastic to produce new plastic bottles, toys and other things we don’t really need to have in plastic. They also need to add virgin plastic to mix it and get the same quality.
At the collection system:
– we give people tips and trick how to sort their plastic waste
– we show them the possibilities of recycled plastic
– we explain to them the benefits of keeping your trash locally
– we give them tips on how to reduce their plastic waste
We hope that this will provide them enough information about plastic as a material. When they bring types of plastic we can’t use we tell them where they can find these orange containers.
the communication part of the collection – Handouts
We noticed that even nowadays it’s nice to be able to give people something with your business details on. In the first months of PP V4, we designed and printed flyers. We used them when people came to visit the workspace to start collecting plastic and we left them in 10 different public locations in Eindhoven to gain some interest.
After a couple of weeks, we noticed that nobody took the flyers and that some stores even took them away because the paper wasn’t nice anymore. The flyer needed more information and that the quality of the paper was important to make it look more professional.
We just finished a new design with all the points we thought of that would be important to be on the flyer/business card.
– That we collect clean used plastic
– Anything that makes people understand that it’s something locally
– Information about the types of plastic that we want
– What we will do with the plastic waste (some examples)
– Our business details
– Precious enough that you want to keep it when you take it
If you have any suggestions for maybe a global idea, please let us know 🙂
Photo – old flyer
Photo – new flyer
Documentation of our experiences
Because we are in the early stage of the collection of precious plastic we have a lot of different topics to look into. One important topic is how to document everything to get a nice and clear overview of the numbers and information we gather.
One of the moments that we do get a lot of information, is when a person comes to our collection point to bring their plastic. We created a spreadsheet that we improved already almost 10 times. On the spreadsheet, we fill in more personal details and ways of how they got to know about this collection point.
We have another way how to document what kind of plastic they bring in. We painted some outlines on the floor that makes it easy to sort out your plastic. It’s also nice for the person, to get an overview of what we are able to recycle and what can be improved or brought somewhere else. (the first people that tried it out really like it)
Photo 1 – visitors spreadsheet
Photo 2 – floor layout
Photo 3 – the collection point set up at the moment
Digital records are a lot easier to track and handle. What if you had a QR code that could be scanned by a smartphone and a photo attached to it for tracking the plastic deposited. Over time this data could produce plastic audits showing the brands that are creating the most pollution in specific areas.
This kind of system could also reward members with collection points.
@eugeneb50 yes I’m absolutely a fan of that option! we were only not sure if people would really use this. Do you have experience in that? But it’s worth trying for sure 🙂 we will make one this week. We do use QR codes also with our paying system in the workspace. That works really well. You get a couple of simple questions that you need to fill in and all this information goes straight to an excel doc.
Reward or even the promise of reward appeals to most. Social media drives dopamine rushes when you receive recognition or points. These are both good motivators for a system that relies on people to make an extra effort.
People appreciate value. If they are helping keep the planet clean and creating data to fight pollution it may satisfy this.
I think it is worth trying. Using it as an opportunity to educate and inform while driving them into your sales channel is a good strategy. Could be used as a recruiting opportunity to join precious plastics in one step. Streamlines transaction by eliminating the paper and secondary data entry.
Could you create an dedicated thread on this ? We also have a number of ideas about in the drawer about this; ie: integrate this in the machines and/or a simple app. Nonetheless, I think it would start making sense when speaking of ‘PP collected and/or recycled X tons this month’, globally. I am all for the app route and minor addons for the existing machines for metering. I’ve done a few similar apps in the past so we could have this quite fast 🙂 Possibly, the best is to discuss on discord.
This is a good concept. ->
@eugeneb50, i opened another thread for collecting ideas of a PP app here : http://onearmy.world/community/forums/topic/precious-plastic-app-2/.
@eugeneb50 and others, nice to hear all these ideas and I really love the Litterati concept/app. Let’s see what is possible to organize before V4 otherwise we keep on looking for different ways to improve the collection system afterwards 🙂 Do you have any experience with setting up something similar @eugeneb50?
On the photo, you can see our point system that we try to use at the moment. It’s still really simple.
I have experience as a software engineer and project manager. Feel free to ask questions. How can I help?
Ice cream spoons
As a collection point, we are all day finding ways how to collect plastic waste and transport it to our collection point. One option is creating a small drop off point that is, for example, focused on a certain type or product. To try out this option we made one small and simple flyer for ice-cream places to collect their spoons.
We learned that if you go with the bucket and the poster to collect, they more easily say “yes”. At the moment we have two ice cream places to try this out. If you want you can print this poster aswell and ask an ice cream place around you to collect as well. You can find the pdf on this link
You might add a label that the bucket is made from recycled plastic as an example of what the second life could be.
Open source collaboration is a good breeding ground for innovation. In this economy, projects usually need to create economic value to survive in the long run.
Litterati’s model of creating potentially monetizable data may be a good approach for PP. Creating a way to track plastic wastes journey from trash to treasure can tell compelling stories. Brand awareness with accountability can make a good marketing carrot for responsible companies. Integrating photos that make brand trash audits simple can make a good marketing stick for polluters.
Litterati is a non profit, there is a good chance they would collaborate with PP. This could help expand both user bases and improve the maps. Working to develop brand trash awareness is a good cause. Creating brand audits at collection points could be a good feature. Making a web-page that can gather similar data to their app with out a smart phone could expand its use.
Foot traffic is good for many businesses. Offering specific kinds of collections like the spoons is a good idea that can be expanded in many directions. Marketing partnerships can provide mutual benefits. Tracking collected plastic into secondary products on the bazaar could expand awareness of this marketplace.
Social plastic collection credits that track and monetizing recycling using a blockchain has been developed by Plasticbank. They are working to create a business providing marketing for large companies to be plastic neutral by creating jobs in developing nations collecting plastics. Something like this that is open sourced could accelerate it’s use.
Here is a company that that has created a business out of recycling hard to recycle products. Terracycle They work to pressure companies to recycled their products and make money on logistics and brand marketing packages.
Recycled material market places have been around for some time on the web. Using the map to help pair buyers and sellers while offering escrow services or fees for listings may be a good business. Here is one of the older companies doing something like this. https://www.recycle.net/
Software as a service for the recycling industry is just emerging. Here is one company that is selling a solution https://www.rubiconglobal.com/ A lot of good ideas can be gleaned from their site. Like creating layers of functionality for different kinds of users.
While working on the concepts for improving the collection system, one goal could be to produce extensible applications that can help this growing industry around the world. A scalable transparent open source waste to resource tracking application that provides market exposure to brands could be a good basis for helping create world redemption values for plastics. Maybe PP can be a part of this.
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@juul , One thing that PP might consider is establishing a database trying to identify unmarked consumer plastics. With 75000+ members, asking people to email a company when they buy a product is not fully marked (often the caps are not) and request the company to identify the plastic for recycling purposes so they could be positively included in a sustainability database. If they get a response, a simple database with country, company, product, part, plastic(s), source, would be helpful. It will also let the company know (most have a customer contact), in a non adversarial way, that this is being tracked and perhaps they should have their cap vendor update the cap mold with the label.
A sample email might look like: I recently purchased your product xxxx. Unfortunately it was not fully marked to support recycling. The yyyy did not have a recycling symbol to identify what plastic it is made of. Please provide that information so that we can update the listing for your product in our global sustainability database. Also please consider supporting sustainability by fully marking you products for recycling.
@s2019 thankyou very much for sharing this example e-mail! I hope a lot of people will use it. We will start using it for our unknown plastic waste that comes in. Before we did call them sometimes but that took a long time and mostly they will not reply.
@eugeneb50 there are absolutely nice projects/organizations to work with. Thank you very much for all your tips and idea’s I will share it with the rest. I went through all the links and shared some of them already with a group here in Eindhoven that is focussed on sustainability and creating awareness.
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