OCEAN MISSION™, A LAVERGNE INITIATIVE, HAITI
#251 - OCEAN MISSION™, A LAVERGNE INITIATIVE, HAITI
The Caribbean island nation of Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti has limited infrastructure or access to clean water, and the local population gets much of its drinking water from plastic bottles. As a result, the country is littered with empty plastic bottles polluting its roadways, waterways, informal landfills, towns and beaches. Sadly, a portion of that plastic waste inevitably finds its way into the ocean.
Lavergne’s Haiti project collects those ocean-bound plastics and uses advanced technology to recycle them into resins for new products. Lavergne Haiti has already made significant strides with 1,200 collectors bringing plastic waste to 77 collection centers throughout the country. We forecast our annual collection over the next 7 years will be around 6,800 metric tonnes per year. Our Haiti facility has grown accordingly. In 2020 we installed a 24-hour wash line that vigorously cleans and shreds the plastic waste, preparing the material for shipping to our North American plant where it will become recycled plastic pellets.
The project participates in the 3R Initiative as a pilot project, with a view of seeking certification to Verra's Plastic Waste Reduction Standard.
USE OF PROCEEDS
We will use it to pay the collectors, employees at collection centers and Lavergne Haiti employees a higher remuneration. Also it will allow us to grow our operations faster. Having this type of business model makes it hard to earn any type of profit because the collected plastic does not have a high value after being shredded and washed.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
At Lavergne, we believe that there is enough plastic on earth to meet our future needs without ever creating new virgin plastic. Lavergne is a Canadian company located in Montreal, in operation since 1986, and become the world leader in the production of sustainable engineering resin made from recycled plastic. Thanks to our unique know-how in polymer chemistry, R&D scientists and our ultra-modern facilities located around the world, we offer specialized products and services adapted to the needs of major customers worldwide. Sustainability and circular solutions are at forefront of our mission. Lavergne, we make plastic circular.
Port-au-Prince / Haiti
Collection / Sorting / Recycling
Plastics / E-Waste
Tons Per Year: 7000