END OF THE PLASTIC RACE: TWO RECYCLED-PLASTIC PICNIC TABLES DONATED TO RACING RESIDENTS

The 10-week plastic race ended with increased recycling rates and awareness, and the donation of two recycled-plastic picnic tables.

For 10 weeks, from April through June 2016, WASTED engaged the residents of Java- and KNSM-island in a race to recycle more plastic waste in their neighborhoods. In collaboration with a local school, local organizations and Stadsdeel Oost, the goal of the race was two-sided: on the one hand, we aimed to get more residents recycling their plastic, and on the other hand, we strove to help residents become more aware of plastic waste’s great value as a reusable material.

At the start of the race, there was already a clear difference between the two neighborhoods. The residents of Java-island recycled 72 grams of plastic per week, and the neighbors of KNSM-island recycled nearly double, reaching up to 142 grams. Over the 10 weeks, we saw peaks in recycling scores. Java-island improved especially, with a 37.5% increase. The neighbors of KNSM-island peaked in week three, with an improvement of 6,4%.

MORE THAN SCORES

Aside from the scores, the goal of the race was to talk to and inform as many residents as possible. We succeed in informing all of the 3,022 households, and giving them a map showing them where all the plastic containers in the neighborhood are. In the local school, some 400 children recycled the plastic in their class and we welcomed some 150 children in our Plastic Expo on FabCity Campus to show them how their plastic waste is and can be turned into valuable products. Moreover, approximately 50,000 visitors of FabCity saw the tremendous Plastic (recycling) Race scorecard and the Plastic Expo, while our neighborhood activation team talked to many residents on the streets of the two islands.

To celebrate the Plastic Race’s success, residents of Java- and KNSM-island got two picnic tables made from their recycled plastic by NRK-Recycling. The Plastic Race has showed the possibilities that come from locally collecting and (re)using the abundance of this versatile, valuable material. WASTED keeps on working to reach 100% recycling rates in both local and distant global communities by involving residents in plastic recycling.

We want to give a BIG thank you to all the participants of the plastic race! Keep on recycling!

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The picnic tables are made by NRK-Recycling. The Plastic Race was organized by: Europe by People, Stichting de Zwijger, Stadsdeel Oost, WASTED / Cities Foundation.

Created on 03 August 2016

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