Andrew Almack is the founder of Plastics for Change, a social enterprise that reduces plastic pollution and poverty in developing countries by creating income opportunities for waste pickers. The India-based initiative is the first fairtrade, ethical sourcing platform to help formalise the informal recycling economy and improve the quality control process for recycled plastic.
“There is no silver bullet that will solve this grand challenge, however plastic waste can be an enabler of sustainable livelihoods,” says Almack. “Recycling and reuse creates at least nine times more jobs than sending the waste to landfills.
“With three billion people globally living without waste collection services and another 4.5 billion at the base of the economic pyramid living on $5 per day or less, there is an enormous opportunity to create positive change through inclusive recycling initiatives.