On the August 25, The Alliance to End Plastic Waste AEPW and Plug and Play announced today its 11 finalists for the Asia Pacific hub of the End Plastic Waste Innovation Platform – 90-day accelerator programme that supports start-ups and small businesses on their innovations in ending plastic waste. The competitive via a virtual Selection Day was organized from Singapore. This was the organisers’ third selection hub, following successful programmes in Silicon Valley and Paris.
According to a World Economic Forum’s National Plastic Action Report on Indonesia, 70% of Indonesia’s plastic waste, or an estimated 4.8 million tonnes per year, is considered mismanaged. As we know in many countries in the region, plastic waste is openly dumped or burned on land, deposited in poorly managed dumpsites, or leaked into waterways and ultimately the ocean. It is imperative that better education, collection, innovation and re-invention happens to stop the leakage of waste into the environment.
The first to be held in Asia Pacific, the programme is designed to focus on three areas: collecting, managing and sorting plastic waste; recycling and processing technologies; and creating value from post-recycled plastics. We are please to have been selected for the accelerator programme which will help selected businesses seek potential funding from companies and investors, or bring along a range of global resources to address these focus areas, including the connection and collaboration I mentioned in the introduction.
The 11 selected companies we have been chosen with are:
- Agile Process Chemical LLP – Recycling plastics, transparently. Leading technology and machinery supplier for recycling end-of-life plastic waste.
- Banyan Nation – Unlocking the market for premium recycled plastics in India through technology innovations across the value chain.
- Bintix – Bintix brings the data dimension into waste management, where all household waste is recycled and doesn’t end up in a landfill, and the value of waste increases ten-fold.
- BlockTexx – BlockTexx is a clean technology company that recovers polyester and cellulose from textiles and clothing.
- BluePhin Technologies – BluePhin is a smart robot that can collect floating waste in commercial water bodies.
- Ishitva Robotic Systems Pvt Ltd – Ishitva designs & builds automated solutions using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and IoT for sorting and segregation of dry waste including plastic waste.
- Myanmar Recycles – Myanmar Recycles is a plastic film recycling facility specializing in post-consumer plastic that collects, sorts, washes, and pelletizes often ignored, hard-to-recycle plastic film into resin for domestic and international sale
- Plastics For Change – Plastics For Change has developed a marketplace platform that connects waste-pickers to global markets and ensures a consistent supply of high quality recycled plastic for brands.
- PolyCycl – PolyCycl’s patented technology chemically recycles waste plastics to petrochemical feedstock that has been approved for the manufacturing of new monomers and plastics.
- Rekosistem – Rekosistem is an end-to-end zero waste management startup that aims for sustainable ecosystems via digital solutions and renewable energy.
- And, of course Re>Pal – Re>Pal recycles 100% mixed waste plastics from Indonesia into logistic pallets for sale across Asia from our factory in East Java.
Nicholas Kolesch, Vice President of Projects for the Alliance to End Plastic Waste said: “We’re delighted to welcome all 11 finalists to the End Plastic Waste Innovation Platform. Together with the start-ups that have been selected from the Silicon Valley and Paris programmes, we now have a total of over 30 start-ups all over the world pushing new ideas and technologies in support of our mission.”. He added: “Our unique partnership with Plug and Play has allowed us to support future-forward ideas and solutions that could help us address a critical issue of global proportions.”
The End Plastic Waste Innovation a collaboration and shared vision by AEPW, an international non-profit organisation, and Plug and Play, a global innovation platform. This platform taps into the best technology start-ups and links them with the resources, experience, and expertise from the world’s largest corporations so their innovations can be brought to scale. “I could not be prouder and more excited to launch our third End Plastic Waste Innovation Hub. Together with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, we will be able to accelerate the growth of these 11 innovative start-ups and scale their plastic waste solutions in the areas that need it the most,” said Matthew Claxton, Global Director of Plug and Play’s Sustainability program.
For further information, please visit: https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/end-plastic-waste/