Wecycle is a nice name, but what does it mean?
It means that recycling is a collective effort, from start to end. That is, the citizens of Oslo sorting and delivering their plastic waste properly, and us turning that plastic into new products. That way plastic can be recirculated back into the urban life!
How did you come up with this idea?
It started with learning that almost all sorted plastic is sent all over Europe for recycling, which mostly consists of incineration. We believe this is a huge loss in valuable material, plus a loss opportunity for greater innovation in plastic recycling and circular economy systems.
What kinds of plastic can you recycle?
So far we can only recycle types 2, 4 and 5 since they possess better qualities for recycling. In the future, with the help of research and more infrastructure we hope to be able to take other types too.
There is a sorting system in Oslo, why do we need this?
Yes there is, and actually it is one of the cleanest in Europe. However, the recycling of plastic is done outside Norway. In fact, many other countries are doing amazing things with recycled plastics, just check out Precious Plastic as a simple example. Since we believe Norway is capable of doing amazing things too, we want to explore with it!
Did you build the machines yourself?
Theoretically no, practically yes. The machines are inspired by designs from Precious Plastic, and our technical volunteers and volunteering engineers from Engineers Without Borders, deserves all the credit.
Are you recycling ocean plastic?
Cleaning up ocean plastic is key! However, we want to focus on preventing plastic from getting into the ocean in the first place. That's why we focus on urban plastic.
What will you do with investments coming in?
All funding, investments or additional revenue will be invested and reinvested into the organisation for research and expanding our influence to the community around Oslo. That is how we keep true to our values as a non-profit organisation.
Your project sounds awesome, how can I get involved?
You can get involved by getting in touch with us, via the contact form above. We are looking forward to hearing from you!