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@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.
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
@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.
@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.
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
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
@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 – 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.
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 🙂
I’m working on a little washing-cycling tool that could help you with washing on a small scale. After a cleanup, I will fill up the crate with water and some natural soap. By cycling, this should start spinning the buckets around.
At the moment I am trying to figure out how to get the energy in the right direction to be able to use the speed of the bike to turn the crates inside the container. This will all depend on how I will connect the wheels to the buckets. Any suggestions are welcome 🙂