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Antigonish, NS, Canada

Adam Starr

Project Lead

Recycling waste in the community its consumed in.

Project Description

Recircle Waste Management Solutions (Recircle) remanufactures plastic waste into consumer products and industrial raw materials using proprietary, semi-industrial waste management machines. Currently, Canadian manufacturers and extruders incur high costs to import in-demand recycled raw materials such as decontaminated plastic flakes and pellets for their processes, while industrial, commercial institutional & Municipal (ICI&M) ecosystems pay to dispose of their waste plastic to landfills. Recircle closes the logistical loop between these two parties and creates a circular economy for recycled raw materials by licensing its waste management infrastructure to ICI&M ecosystems (transforming their waste management costs into sustainable revenue streams), while simultaneously providing manufacturers with more affordable, local raw materials.

Recircle vertically integrates the plastic recycling industry by licensing proprietary waste management infrastructure (machines) to ICI&M ecosystems, enabling them to collect, sort, shred, clean and remanufacture waste under one roof. The resultant plastic raw materials (pellets) can then be sold to domestic manufacturers of consumer products, extending the plastics’ life cycle and satisfying the manufacturing industries’ need for recycled content.

The core technology consists of six semi-industrial machines, including a shredder, decontaminator, injector, extrusion, sheet-press, and the at-home recycler, transforming waste plastic (normally landfilled) into industrial raw materials and consumer products. Recircle’s technologies separate all of the non-plastics (i.e. metals, cardboards, paper, glues, and labels) and dissolve the microbial, chemical, and oil impurities present in the waste using a complex enzyme mixture, to remanufacture the material into regrind plastic. The provisionally patented decontamination machine’s agitation and density separation feature is the most important dimension of technical advantage. This machine will be automated in the future using proprietary software (currently in development).

While there aren’t any companies currently licensing waste management technologies to the venture’s target customers, Green for Life (GFL) owns the majority of the waste management contracts in Canada and in the United States. Comparatively, Recircle vertically integrates the waste management supply chain under one roof, creating final products and handling the plastic waste locally before GFL has the chance to collect the waste. In the pellet industry, Recircle competes with Armacell. However, since Recircle’s technology can produce pellets locally as opposed to importing (avoiding duties and tariffs), it is more cost-efficient.

The long term vision is to become the go-to waste management platform that provides proprietary technologies to ICI&M ecosystems, turning their waste management costs into sustainable revenue streams. Recircle will partner with manufacturers worldwide to produce its proprietary equipment locally, license its equipment to waste producers, and handle the sale of the raw materials.

This project has been created in commemoration of the lives of all the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, including two Ocean Bridge ambassadors, Danielle Moore and Micah Messent. We aspire to carry on their legacy and commitment to making the world a better place by creating long-lasting impacts with a firm commitment to driving positive change for the environment and our ocean. We will never forget the light that Danielle and Micah brought to the world and will continue to keep them in our hearts. To learn more about these two amazing people, please visit: Honouring Danielle and Micah  – Ocean Wise. This work is partially funded by the Commemoration Fund for Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Tragedy

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Technical expertise. Engineering in many disciplines, materials, and supply chain logistics

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