Startup Turns Plastic Collected By Waste Pickers Into 3D Printer Ink

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Startup Turns Plastic Collected By Waste Pickers Into 3D Printer Ink

I am trying to compile stories and studies on WASH innovations and thought this recent article was very interesting and would appreciate any comments you may have:

Startup Turns Plastic Collected By Waste Pickers Into 3D Printer Ink | Source: Huffington Post, May 5 2016 | Trash collectors would be able to earn 20 times more than they do now.

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Re: Startup Turns Plastic Collected By Waste Pickers Into 3D Printer Ink

Dear Dan,

Interesting article. It seems they can only use PET for recycling. Normally, the value of PET is already quite good in the second hand market. I find the idea of these guys sympathetic, but I wonder if the model of selecting a few waste pickers and turning them into "improved waste pickers" is really that useful beyond a very small group. Having said that, I do quite like the idea of supporting business development around recycling. As improved markets for separated waste may lead to improving waste management.

Another initiative that sort of fits this thread:

preciousplastic.com/en/

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Marijn
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Dear Marijn

Many thanks for the interesting response.
I will check out the link you provided and will share any more info on this topic that I come across.

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Dan
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