Recyclable Resource Recovery Collection System
“A key component of the ideal industrial ecosystem is to
increase resource efficiency through circulating material.”
In waste management infrastructure and collection is everything. This means a regular collection system from citizens who either deposit waste into their own bin or into a bin provided by the local government. These bins are then placed in a convenient position for a government contractor to collect.
To recover potentially valuable resources for reprocessing, recyclable materials need to be separated with minimum contamination as possible. Optimally recyclable resources should also be collected by dedicated recyclers. In Asia this, usually, means informal collectors sell recyclable materials to a 3rd party ( a recycling depot), who then onsell to other middle men until materials end up at a reprocessing factory.
Most informal collectors have no regular system for collection thus making it very hard for citizens to separate and place their recyclable materials out for collection. Therefore in order to earn an income informal waste pickers will often try and find recyclable materials from general waste bins. This produces very little recyclable materials of real value as it is too contaminated and volumes are too small.
Furthermore many government agencies discount the value informal recycling collectors can bring to their undermanned and under resourced waste collection system.
What We Will Achieve
An efficient and convenient recyclable resource collection system will create many new jobs. An opportunity for new businesses to reprocess resources recovered from waste streams alongside ideas and innovation. Plus a cleaner environment will benefit everyone.
The aim of Stage #2 pilot is to formulate an 80/20 model specifically for the inclusion of the informal recycling collector into a structured collection system for urban and rural areas; to coexist side-by-side with private and public waste collectors and one that is complementary of long-term environmental government policies.
Below is a snapshot of the key features of the Recyclable Resource Recovery Collection System. For full details: “Redefining Recyclable Resource Recovery Collection Systems for Asia”
An 80/20 model means it should be 80% suitable and acceptable for most developingcountries and 20% adjustable to suit local socio-economic, political and geographic conditions.
The Recyclable Resource Recovery Collection System is primarily aimed, but not restricted to, the inclusion of informal recycling collector and incorporates the use of existing technology in innovative ways. By establishing a network of collectors we create new jobs, increase incomes, reduce poverty, make cities cleaner and build volumes of recyclable materials for reprocessing.
Click here to download a copy of ‘Redefining Recyclable Resource Recovery Collection Systems for Asia‘ and ‘Stage 1: The Circular Economy in Asia‘
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