What is the LPM Project?
The LPM Project is an initiative that aims to do two things:
Create products that can be made from large quantities of plastic waste that people in developing countries actually need.
Enable local communities to gain control over their plastic waste.
The first step toward the end goal for the LPM Project will be to implement our Local Plastic Micro-factories into local businesses and government departments. This will develop a solid foundation for the project's development and at the same time benefit local communities while reducing plastic waste.
The main target for the LPM project will be to implement these
micro-factories into villages in third world countries, specifically within the Asia Pacific region. This will mean that we can stop the plastic at its source and give these communities a chance to develop and evolve the infrastructure and housing within their villages.
What is the issue and how are we solving it?
The biggest issue with recycling today is that so much of what we collect to be recycled doesn’t end up getting used. It will sit in a warehouse or moved around to multiple locations until it either gets added to another big pile of recycled materials or into landfill.
This is due to the plastics industry needing the recycled material to adhere to a list of restricting variables.
With the LPM project, we have taken a very wide range of multiple different types of plastics such as food containers, children’s toys, plastic bottles, ranging in all different grades and colours of plastic and developed what we like to call a rubbish rod. What the rubbish rod has shown us is that we can create materials and products with this plastic waste without having to worry about what would normally be an issue in the plastics industry.
How is the LPM Project different to other recycling companies?
Collecting plastic waste is not recycling! Unless you can put a product on your desk that is made entirely from the waste you are collecting, there is a good chance it is going to landfill. Moving plastic waste from the beach to a warehouse is unsustainable in the long run.
The LPM project role is to complement the collection organisations and do the hard bit of taking the collected waste and making it into a durable product that will keep it out of landfill.
A weakness of large scale recycling programs is their reliance on bins and trucks, collecting waste and moving it. In the Asia Pacific area transport is often poor and moving low-value plastic waste is simply not going to happen, so it gets dumped. The LPM project aims to process this plastic waste locally,
We actually believe that done properly we will see a demand for plastic waste so that communities can finish their projects which will open a whole new sustainable market in the plastic collection industry.