How recycling plastic can improve people’s living conditions
Plastics pollution in the environment and oceans is a global problem for which solutions are urgently needed. In the Indian metropolis of Bangalore, for example, around 3,500 tonnes of waste end up by the roadside or in illegal landfills every day. There is no nationwide, state-run waste disposal system.
This is not only a problem for the environment, but also negatively affects many people’s lives. An estimated 15,000 women and men in Bangalore work as so-called waste pickers. Without the benefit of protective clothing or equipment they collect waste from the mountains of rubbish in order to sell it on.
The Melitta Group has founded a new recycling company in the Indian city called Fair Recycled Plastic. Its objective is to prevent plastic pollution in the environment and in our oceans as well as to help the waste pickers and bring about social change.