Set up a Collection Point
In this How-to we’re going to guide you through all the steps to set up a Collection Point. Learn about plastic, how to create the space, and how to grow a collection network and connect to the Precious Plastic Universe.
Step 1-3: Intro
Step 4-11: Learn
Step 12-19: Set up
Step 20-25: Run
Step 26-29: Share —
Step 1 - Role in the Precious Plastic Universe
Now about your Role:
Collection Points are the “catchers” of the Precious Plastic Universe.
They save plastic from going to waste while fueling the network with raw material ready to be recycled. They collect plastic from people and businesses and sort it by type. This plastic is then passed on to Shredder Workspaces.
Step 2 - Outcomes
It can be collected from consumers or businesses. It's crucial that the plastic is label-free and clean for further processes, to keep a good quality of the recycled material. The cleaner and purer the plastic the higher its value.
Step 3 - Is this for you?
It helps if you have good social skills and enjoy talking to people, educating, informing, reminding, correcting and generally helping understand the Precious Plastic Collection system.
You will also have to be very organized as running a Collection Point might quickly become a logistical challenge.
Step 4 - Learn about Precious Plastic
If you haven’t already, dig our website, community platform and Bazar to have a deep understanding of the project.
Also, make sure to check the Universe chapter to fully understand how the Precious Plastic Universe works.
Step 5 - Check out your area
Step 6 - Find your local community
Also see if there is a Community Point in the area and get in touch - they are the glue of the Precious Plastic Universe and might be able to help you in multiple ways with their overview of the people and spaces in the local recycling network.
Step 7 - Check out the Discord
Introduce yourself, say hi in your country channel and start to discover the different channels where people go deep into specific topics (building, collection, design etc..)
Join the Discord:
Step 8 - Learn the basics of plastic
As a Collection Point, you want to introduce to people the “refuse, reduce, reuse and then recycle” way of living. By knowing a lot about the plastic topic yourself, you are able to answer their questions and spread the knowledge.
Step 9 - Learn about plastic collection
These are the main things to take from the video:
- Educate and enable citizens to be the change.
- Collect clean label-free plastic.
- Use the map to help people find Collection Points.
- All info and how it works are on the website
Step 10 - Observe plastic uses in your area
It’s your task to individuate sources of plastic that could be recycled in the Precious Plastic Universe. Depending on where you live could be your neighbours, colleagues, local restaurants, shops or dumpsites.
Step 11 - Understand your local waste management
Find out why local people use plastic and what happens with their plastic after throwing it away so you can explain it to people.
Step 12 - Start with the Action Plan
To help you plan we’ve made a tool called the Action Plan that helps you to craft your mission, understand your customers, revenue streams, costs and much more. With this tool you should get a step closer to create a successful project.
Find the Action Plan in the Download Kit or learn more in the Academy
Step 13 - Assemble the team
People are what can make a project succeed or fail, so make sure that you have a small team of people who you feel comfortable to work with and who are motivated to do this with you!
Step 14 - Find a space
To help you find the perfect place for your Collection Point in the Download Kit you will find a floor plan with all the minimum requirements and a little cardboard tool to place your machines and tools in the workspace.
Step 15 - Set up your space
Follow our video to get ideas how to fully set up your Collection Point with all the additional tools, bags, furniture and posters needed to make your space functional and nice.
Step 16 - Plan your way of transport
Tip: The transportation is also a moment that people see you going around the streets, therefore it is a good opportunity to spread your message and make your collection point more known. A good way can be for example adding your logo to your transportation devices.
Step 17 - Plan to get clean plastic
The best way to do this is by educating the people that bring you the plastic (we made some posters for you in the download kit). So they’re involved in the process and everyone is doing their part. The shredder workspace will pay less or might not even accept dirty plastic.
Step 18 - Put your Pin on the Map
This makes it easier for workspaces like the shredder guy to contact you to get plastic or even for a community builder to connect you to the local recycling community. Your Collection Point can also be an inspiration for others in your area to join the Precious Plastic community.
Step 19 - Receive your plastic
You probably won't be too pleased with the quality of the plastic you collect at first. Don't be disappointed, it takes time! It is important to invest time and energy to explain out to those collecting for you how plastic should be (clean and unlabeled) and why you are asking it like this. By involving them in the process they are willing to make these extra efforts.
Step 20 - Spread the message
You can spread the word by handing out flyers, giving presentations, or maybe even speaking on the radio. Wherever you are or whatever you are doing, make sure that you enjoy this moment and communicate a clear and precise message. :)
Step 21 - Stickers
Step 22 - Be patient
Step 23 - Connect to other workspaces
Step 24 - upload.preciousplastic.com
Take a moment every now and then to upload your kilograms to our website - like that we can track how much impact our community makes and inspire the world with how much plastic waste we could save and recycle :)
(Also, when you weigh it, you will understand how a few kilograms of plastic take up so much space. Incredible huh? Think globally about how much space you saved from our planet. Thank you for that!)
Step 25 - collect.preciousplastic.com
You can use this to get more and more people to bring you plastic.
Step 26 - Create How-to's!
Make sure to document and create How-to's for your best processes and techniques. This can also help you create a name for yourself in the Precious Plastic community.
Step 27 - Learn and improve together
Step 28 - Good things take time
Every bit of plastic you collect is already saved from getting burnt! And keep in mind that because of your Collection Point people around you get more aware, and get the possibility to actually start working with recycled plastic.
You’re changing the world by changing your local area :)
Step 29 - Download and start!
You're a hero!
Download your Collection Point package and start your recycling journey!
👉 https://cutt.ly/starterkit-collection 👈
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