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Haitian Plastic Recycling Company Gets $1 Million for Capacity Expansion

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The Inter-American Development Bank's innovation laboratory, IDB Lab, will financially support the plastic recycling capacity of Environmental Cleaning Solutions S.A. (ECSSA) in Haiti, according to a press release issued in October.

In its release, the IDB said Haiti is considered one of the countries presenting the most great risk of plastic entering the oceans. The country generates a large volume of plastic waste in urban areas because of the high consumption of treated water, non-alcoholic beverages and take-away foods sold in plastic containers.

ECSSA collects post-consumer plastic materials to turn them into high-quality plastic flakes for export. It operates a social business model that facilitates the collection, transformation and sustainable export of recyclable plastic materials. ECSSA has been progressively transforming itself into supplier and innovator around ocean-bound plastics, demonstrating that this problem can be turned into a market opportunity, according to the IDB.

IDB Lab's financing of $1,100,000 will support the expansion of ECSSA’s capacity to recycle plastics and produce a wider variety of end products including synthetic lumber for sale to national and international markets. The expansion of ECSSA’s operations and product lines will result in an increase in the number of jobs for plastic collectors and the prices they receive for collecting the plastic. The Haitians and other communities in the wider-Caribbean countries with shores on the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea will benefit from the sustainable preservation of the marine environment, whose livelihoods depend upon.

IDB Lab’s technical cooperation of $400,000 will be used to help build Haiti’s first commercial-scale ocean-bound plastics supply chain and to create blue economy plans for coastal communities participating in this new supply chain. It will be co-executed by the Pan American Development Foundation.

This is the one of proposals selected under the Blue Tech Challenge launched in 2018 to identify business models aiming to contribute to the sustainability of the ocean economy.

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