Building a Circular Plastics Economy with Informal Waste Pickers: Recyclate Quality, Business Model, and Societal Impacts
Year of Publication
This case study presents a solution for companies to effectively partner with the informal recycling sector.
Resources, Conservation and Recycling
Erik G.Hansenb, MelanieWiener, Cintia, Chagas de Oliveiraa, and Reinhold W.Langa
Purpose of Measurement:
Solution Sets and Impact Potential, Monitoring and Evaluation
Material Flows, Oceans, Capital Flows
This case study presents a solution for companies to effectively partner with the informal recycling sector. The case study focuses on a for-profit company, Mr. Green Africa (Nairobi, Kenya), that sources plastic from local waste pickers through a similar business model to fair-trade. The study concludes that high-quality mechanical recycling of plastic waste under informal conditions is feasible and provides socio-economic benefits when set up with suitable modes of cooperation.