Set up a Shredder Workspace
In this How-to we’re going to guide you through all the steps to set up a Shredder Workspace. Learn about plastic, how to find a space, get the shredder, find customers and connect to the Precious Plastic Universe.
Step 1-3: Intro
Step 4-8: Learn
Step 9-11: Set up
Step 12-17: Run
Step 18-20: Share —
Step 1 - Role in the Precious Plastic Universe
Now about your Role:
Shredder Workspaces are the backbone of the Precious Plastic Universe.
They shred all the plastic gathered from the Collection Points and provide the raw material for all the other workspaces who transform it into new materials and objects.
Shredder Workspaces are also responsible for maintaining high quality and pure material for the entire local network.
Step 2 - Outcomes
Shredded plastic can be of various sizes (small, medium, large) and colours. Single colour shredded plastic is higher in value and people can pay more for that.
The shredded plastic can then be bought from other Precious Plastic workspaces.
Step 3 - Is this for you?
Shredder workspaces also need to connect to as many Collection Points as possible to ensure a constant flow of plastic waste so you also kind of need to like to deal with people.
And last but not least, a certain degree of organisation is also always good to have.
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
Have a look on the Precious Plastic Map to see the activity around you. You can also search for more people on the Precious Plastic Bazar or search for #preciousplastic on social media.
Make sure not to jam the local network, if there are already five shredder places around you, have a chat with them how to collaborate or maybe consider starting another type of workspace.
Step 6 - Find a Community Point near you
Step 7 - Find out how to get your plastic
Step 8 - Get on 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 9 - Find a space
Step 10 - Get your shredder
1 Build it yourself following our tutorials
2 Buy it on the Bazar.
3 Find a Machine Shop near you on the map that can build it for you.
Step 11 - Set up your space
Follow our tutorials on how to fully set up your shredder workspace with all the additional tools, furniture and posters needed to make your space ready.
Step 12 - Safety
Find out more tips on how to stay safe in the Academy:
It is also good to check out our safety videos on plastic here.
Step 13 - Maintenance
Step 14 - Sort by colour
Step 15 - Shreds size
You can create different sizes by using a sieve or shredding multiple times. More info here.
Step 16 - Sell
Put them on the Precious Plastic Bazar to access an audience that is already interested in recycled products.
And then you can get creative on how you can sell your shreds locally to other workspaces.
Step 17 - Create a profile
Follow this link and sign up with your email, pick your role, put your pin on the map and upload nice pics to show the world what you’re doing.
Step 18 - Create How-to's!
Make sure to only create How-to's for your best processes and techniques, not try outs or one offs. This can also help you create a name for yourself in the Precious Plastic community.
Step 19 - Learn and improve together
Step 20 - Good things take time
Step 21 - Download and start!
You're a hero!
In this download package you will find all the files you need to set up your Shredder Workspace.
Download and start your recycling journey!
👉 https://cutt.ly/starterkit-shredder 👈
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