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Data last verified: Sunday, 09/24/2023

1Ocean-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.

2Community 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.

3Equivalent 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)

4Recycling 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.

International Women’s Day 2020

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We believe an equal world is an enabled world. This International Women’s Day, we celebrate our women collection members who provide for their families and care for their communities helping stop ocean plastic.

Recycling infrastructure in many countries is part of the informal economy. Many women who work in the informal economy lack financial security due to the absence of labour laws and health benefits.

Plastic Bank helps formalize the informal waste sector by providing the opportunity for collection community members – 45% of which are women – to exchange plastic waste for additional income and life-improving benefits. We reveal the value in plastic and enable our collection members to build a better future for their families and communities.

Meet Lise Nassisse from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Lise is a mother of seven children, a 2010 earthquake widow, and one of our full-time collection community members.

Help empower collection members like Lise and stop ocean plastic today at