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• Coding/Artificial Intelligence background • Legal awareness/background • Technical plastic & paper chemistry

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The challenge

In 2015, 6% of 8.3 billion metric tons of produced plastic has been recycled. There is more production than recycling being done, negatively contributing to the climate and global sustainability. One of the main challenges of plastic recycling is attaining the cleanest form of the used plastic. Therefore, separation at the source is of importance to this.

The solution

A smart plastic bin that scans the different types of plastic (1-7) and sorts it based on its type. This solves the core "separation at source" issue recycling companies face who use expensive post-waste sorting machinery & conveyor belts. The bin has the following additional features: -IoT Connectivity that provides data on local waste. -Compressor that increases the volume that can be thrown away before pick up. This data can be used to: * Inform municipalities to improve pick up scheduling, and * Inform advertising companies on the location their products are thrown away (Re-marketing potentials) and run ads on the bins themselves. This business idea has 3 potential customers: Municipalities (improved waste management), Companies (ad space & insights) and recycling companies (reduced need for expensive sorting infrastructure)

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