The world is in the midst of a serious plastic crisis. Every year more fossil fuels are used to make more virgin plastic, which means more plastic waste ends up in the environment. Just recycling is definitely not the solution.
The plastic crisis can only be solved when much less plastic is produced and the use of single-use plastic is little. The subsidizing of the fossil fuel and plastic industry should also be stopped. We need to move quickly to a circular economy in which we re-use and recycle our waste into new materials, products and applications. In 2019 approximately 9.2% of the world's economy was circular. In 2020 this was only 8.6%. The circularity gap is increasing, so we can't wait to take action, we have to start transforming now.
Upp! supports regions and cities to transform their difficult to recycle mixed plastic and textile waste streams into robust and recyclable new products. The technology Upp! is using is easy to scale, replicate, and is applicable worldwide. We can make a difference and need to start saving these plastic waste streams from incineration, landfill, and our oceans now. Saving CO2 and helping regions and cities to transform from a take-make-dispose economy into a circular economy.
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Upp! We Re-Plastic
Upp! helps to save plastic waste from incineration, landfilling, and the environment.
Upp! started in 2017 and is developing projects in the Netherlands/Europe, in Vietnam, Indonesia and other countries in South and Southeast Asia.
In The Netherlands Upp! is setting up an R&D center for processing unsorted, unwashed, and unshredded mixed plastic and textile waste, which will be operational in Q1 2022.
In Surabaya, Indonesia, the first pilot Upp! Circular Plastic Factory will be set up and operational in Q1 2023.
Upp! develops projects to help cities and regions to process difficult to recycle mixed plastic waste streams into robust and recyclable products for local use
Upp! aims to set up regional circular ecosystems for plastic waste, bringing together local and regional stakeholders and partners.
Regions should take responsibility for the waste they produce and aim for zero waste. Commercial sound and integrated regional solutions are key to a circular and waste-free future.
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Together with other partners in the Plastic in circles (PiCi-3) consortium, Upp! will share a fund of 500.000 euros with other partners for its Sustainindo project in Indonesia. This consortium consists of MVO Nederland, RWS (Ministry of Infrastructure & Water), Rebel, TNO, UminCorp, Upp!, PT Sumber Djaja Perkasa, and Plastech.
Wanneer het gaat over plastic recycling hebben we nog een lange weg te gaan. In deze aflevering zoomen we in op de huidige verpakkingsindustrie. Waarom zijn zoveel verpakkingen slecht te recyclen en waarom wordt dit anno 2022 nog steeds zo op de markt gebracht? Dit zou in de toekomst anders moeten, toch? We gaan in gesprek met Jan Jaap van Upp! UpCycling Plastics.
The Sustainability and Manufacturing Big Score sessions took place at the Workero by P&G InQbet campus in partnership with Ab InBev on the 31st of March 2022. The event was organised by Startups.be | Scale-ups.eu.
This article is written by Alvara, Workero.
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