It is estimated that approximately 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year, with less than 10% being recycled. In developing countries such as Peru and Haiti, this number is reduced to less than 2%. For this reason, the recycling of plastic waste in developing nations represents a vastly underdeveloped industry.
The Plastic Bank seeks to address this dire need for a global recycling solution while helping to fight poverty in developing nations by increasing accessibility to education, income, and recycled 3D printing services. Specific to the scope of this project, they expressed a need for a lightweight, ergonomic, cost effective cart for the transportation and compaction of plastic waste in developing nations around the world. The problem this design aims to solve is the lack of a solution to transport large amounts of plastic waste in an efficient manner.
The simple, robust design employs materials that can be easily scavenged from construction waste created in developing nations while minimizing machining and complex assembly in order to limit the construction cost to under 100 CAD per unit. The design also incorporates waterproof canvas storage, batch bottle compaction, foldable walls for easy storage and shipping, a removable compaction compartment for versatile use scenarios, and a towable chassis for motorcycle or bicycle attachment.