Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get involved with Plastic Bank?

Individuals can get involved with Plastic Bank by Joining the Revolution and showing brands you care. You can also neutralize your annual Plastic Footprint and remove over 84KG (4200 bottles worth) of plastic from the environment by Going Plastic Neutral.  You can also choose to make a monthly Impact or make a single contribution to stop ocean plastic.

 

Companies can get involved by using Social Plastic, by making their products Plastic Neutral, or by helping us activate ecosystems.  We also offer employee engagement programs for Workforce Plastic Neutrality.

Where does Plastic Bank operate?

Plastic Bank currently operates in HaitiPhilippines, and Indonesia. Plastic Bank is always growing and plans to expand across the globe. If you want Plastic Bank in your country, you can show your support by Joining the Revolution.

 

How can I bring Plastic Bank to my country?

Visit the Contact Page and select “Help to Bring Plastic Bank to My Country”. Depending on your location, resources, and timing, Plastic Bank will get back to you with the opportunities we have available. You can also  Join the Revolution to be the first to know new initiatives are launched.

Does Plastic Bank collect marine litter for recycling?

Plastic Bank believes that before one can effectively clean debris from the oceans, the leakage of waste must be stopped in the first place—the tap must be turned off. For that reason, Plastic Bank’s primary focus is ocean-bound plastic waste—materials that have not been landfilled and are prone to enter waterways.

 

What’s the difference between Social Plastic and recycled plastic?

While all Social Plastic is recycled plastic, not all recycled plastic is Social Plastic. This is because, in addition to being environmentally friendly, Social Plastic provides a social benefit: impoverished communities gain access to stable income, local economies are boosted, and life necessities like food, water, and electricity become more accessible.

Why are you called a Bank?

To accomplish our mission, we’re revealing the true economic value of plastic to make plastic too valuable to haphazardly throw away. In doing so, we’ve created a system for plastic exchange, similar to any other currency exchange. In addition, our IBM-powered mobile app platform uses world-class banking and transaction technology to empower our Collectors to open a functioning digital bank account—sometimes, the first they’ve ever had. For those reasons, we call ourselves Plastic Bank. (But don’t ask us for a loan.)

 

What types of plastic do you collect?

Because our Collectors mostly collect post-consumer waste, our main quantities are:

HDPE (milk containers, detergent containers, base cups for plastic soda bottles)

LDPE (plastic bags, bubble wrap)

PET (plastic beverage containers, polyester textiles)

PP (battery casings, dairy product containers)

Where and how is the collected plastic processed?

We have multiple processing partners in each country where we operate. Plastic is processed in-country to ensure that as much value as possible is kept in the local community.  Plastic Bank carefully scrutinizes all partners to ensure that labour, safety, and environmental standards are being met.

 

Where are the Plastic Bank headquarters located?

Plastic Bank headquarters are located in Canada, in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

Is Plastic Bank a Charity?

No.  We are a Social Enterprise.  You can learn more on our Blog.

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