Partnering for Social Upliftment
Sharing impact through a Circular Plastic Economy
OUR CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Established in 2016, Ocean Plastic Technologies has been working on refining a circular plastic economy. This starts with commercially processing ocean and waste plastics at the source and then recycling this waste into usable remanufactured products. Again and again and again.
We don’t want to eliminate plastic use, we are rethinking it to accelerate the transition to an economic system in which plastics are designed to be used, not used up. We are creating a circular plastic economy that empowers industries, consumers and communities across the world to reduce plastic waste; a circular economy in which we keep products and materials in use.
The solution is to take recycling to source and monetize the collection of waste plastic, to mobilize communities to take charge of the way they use and discard their everyday plastic products.
Women on Waste
Phelile and Noxipho are the operational team at our plant in Wilowfonten. Their business Women on Waste employs 5 people and generates an income for 6 to 10 grandmothers that work with a network of over 80 reclaimers within their community.
Phelele has a passion for her local environment and works daily to clean her community and to rid the local Wilgerfontein river of plastic waste that accumulates after every rainstorm.
Noxipo is a qualified baker by trade and shares Phelile's passion for cleaning up their local environment and working closely with her local community to educate the next generation of recyclers.
Richmond - Waste Reduction and Recycling Technologies
Njabulo and his brother Ayand are the operators at our plant in Richmond. Their business Waste Reduction and Recycling Technologies employs 4 people and generates an income for 4 to 6 grandmothers that work with a network of over 70 reclaimers within their community.
Njabulo has a degree in environmental managements and is also our Project Manager for the regional micro recycling plant cluster in KwaZulu Natal. He works tirelessly developing new long life solutions for mixed and dirty plastics whilst supporting our growing network of micro recycling plants across the province.
Shaka's Kraal - Dematrans Waste Services
Justin and Devan run our micro recycling plant in Shaka'skraal. Their business Dematrans employs 7 people and generates an income for 4 grandmothers that work with a network of over 70 reclaimers within their community. They allso recycle the plastics from the neighbouring seaside towns.
Justin is full of energy and enthusiasm for recycling and with over 6 years’ experience in dealing with some of the worst and hardest to recycle plastics. Located on the Mhlali river Justin’s team is instrumental in removing and containing tons of plastic that could otherwise enter the local river and its surrounding flood plain
Deven is a well-seasoned recycler and has been operational in Shaka'skraal for over 10 years. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that is helping our ability to build capacity and to expand on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal.
Umgababa - Waste WorX
Mzamo, Thulisile and Nonhlanhla are the team that manages and operates our plant in Umgababa. Their business Waste WorX employs 3 additional people and generates an income for 7 grandmothers that work with a network of over 62 reclaimers within their community
Based within meters of the local Msimbazi river and close to local beach resorts and homes on the South Coast of KwaZulu natal, Nonhlanhla and her team help monetize waste generated by tourism and the local community preventing it from entering the Msimbazi estuary and the Indian Ocean.