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Precious Plastic is an open-hardware plastics-recycling cooperative. Since 2013, they do research and development for how to turn plastic waste into new products! Their contributions include open-source hardware plans to shred, melt, and extrude plastic. Their plans have been adapted by groups and workshops in places throughout the world, like in Thailand, Burkina Faso, Hawaii, in order to make excess plastic waste useful.[Here is a video describing some of their recent work in 2019!](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thhHoPJ6Y14&t=561)
Their work in 2020 plans to introduce more robust machine designs, techniques to make products out of biodegradable materials, like food and plant waste, and sort plastic waste. In addition, they are developing starter kits and business plans to empower people to set up their own plastic recycling operations. I encourage you to watch the entire video above for more details!
To find a person who works with Precious Plastics near you, look at this map. This site also includes nice how-tos and learning resources for how to upcycle plastic. [https://community.preciousplastic.com/map](https://community.preciousplastic.com/map)
And more information on how to get started and involved can be found on their website: [https://preciousplastic.com](https://preciousplastic.com)
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