There are four machines in all that can be built with readily available materials in just a few days. A plastic shredder, an extruder which turns plastic flakes, an injector which heats the flakes and uses them to create mould which can be used to create large objects.
“With this project we want to try and improve plastic recycling by providing the tools to get started. Sot this is all the basic information people need to start their own little recycling business anywhere in the world. ” Said Dave Haakens, Founder, Precious Plastic
Hakkens is encouraging users of the site – www.preciousplastics.com – to spread the word and wants people across the globe to create their own small recycling centres and products.
A recent study by the National Resource Defense Council found that recycling 75 percent of the United States’ waste could generate 1.1 million jobs by 2030. The project originally started as the 2013 graduation project of Dave Hakkens for the Design Academy Eindhoven.