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Data last verified: Monday, 04/22/2024

Ocean-bound plastic

Plastic Bank operates under the global standard defined by Jenna Jambeck. Ocean-bound plastic is defined as plastic that has not yet found its way into the ocean but is classified as "mismanaged waste". That is, plastic that is not being (formally) collected, is not likely to be collected, and is found within 50km of an ocean-bound waterway or coastal area.

Community Members

Individuals within a recycling community who collect plastic and exchange it at a Plastic Bank collection branch for secure income and life-improving benefits.

Equivalent Bottles Stopped

The amount of ocean-bound plastic collected and recycled in our recycling communities converted into bottles. Conversion rate is 50 bottles per kg (the average weight of a 500mL bottle is ~20g)

Recycling Communities

Community of plastic collectors living within 50 kilometres of ocean-bound waterways involved in plastic collection and its exchange at Plastic Bank collection points.


Alchemy is the blockchain platform that powers the Plastic Bank app. It enables fully traceable recycling processes, secures income for recycling community members and tailors impact reports for our stewards.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

What is the DMCA?

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The term “DMCA” refers to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a United States copyright law

( Among other things, the DMCA provides a safe harbor to protect online venues from liability that can occur as a result of copyright infringement.

If a person submits a proper notice of copyright infringement that includes the specific information outlined by the DMCA, the online venue receiving the notice must act expeditiously to disable access to the infringing material cited in the notice. So long as the online venue timely removes the allegedly infringing material, under the DMCA they cannot be held liable for the infringing content.

Plastic Bank’s Intellectual Property Policy is based on the DMCA.