Community-based plastic credit solution – a holistic attempt to make coastlines plastic-free
TONTOTON specializes in collecting and creating a market for all types of mismanaged plastic waste where there is none. Employing a community-based approach, coastal communities are able to gain a stable income while eradicating ocean-bound plastic. Under a certified plastic credit model, we are incentivizing the removal of valueless, non-recyclable plastic waste, including them in circularity, as well as the recyclable PET for which there is no solution in Southern Cambodia. We also work on a household level to capture the leakage of all plastic waste before it is dumped in the environment due to an ineffective (high cost of 2-5USD per month) formal SWM system, closing the leakage at the source. TONTOTON transforms plastic waste from liability into assets by creating value.
All plastic is taken to TTT’s Material Recovery Facility, the first-of-its-kind in Cambodia, upcycling unrecyclable plastics into building materials, as well as separating a line for PET bottle cleaning and compressing. All materials that cannot be recycled will be utilized as an alternative energy source in co-processing.
We encourage brands and producers to take responsibility for their plastic production through supporting non-recyclable collection and treatment as part of their CSR activities and products. Also, we encourage sustainable and responsible production combining recycled material, reusability and recyclability and collection of non-recyclable next to recyclable materials.
The company currently works in Vietnam and Cambodia and contributed to rescuing and treating 2400 tons of mismanaged plastic waste so far while creating, 500 jobs for the community and preventing plastic leakage by providing a plastic waste reception facility to 200 households.