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Waste reduction through organic recycling with Re[f]use Bio-Recycling

Re[f]use Bio-Recycling

Clifton Hill, Point Fortin, Trinidad


The re[f]use Project's mission is to develop strategies to salvage by-product/waste material of large-scale industries, harness the productive potential of this material, and reintegrate the refined end-product into productive activity.

re[f]use Bio-recycling partners with companies that frequently produce large amounts of organic waste material to ensure a reliable supply of homogenous material which in turn will allow for consistency in end-products. Limiting the sources and variety of input material facilitates greater quality control in end-products. Similarly, re[f]use Bio-recycling seeks bulk consumers as its target market. Conceivably, the same partners from whom we will source its input material, will initially also be the main consumers of its end products. This will allow us to focus on producing a high-grade, specially formulated end product to meet the needs of these specific consumers.

The Challenge

re[f]use Bio-recycling focuses on reducing the volume of waste material entering landfills by diverting and processing organic material from various food and agricultural activities, to harness its productive potential, and then reintroduce the refined product into the various industries.

We're looking for persons with a fresh perspective on how to tackle the national problem of having no formal recycling programs and having huge volumes of organic waste entering the waste stream (roughly 33% of all waste). What is also interesting to note is that the majority of this organic material is not generated through consumption (e.g. kitchen waste from private residences or restaurants), but through maintenance/beautification programs of open areas (undeveloped lands overgrown with wild grass, and trees). How do we maintain our vegetated open areas, which are essential for ecosystems and maintaining the water table, but reduce the volume of organic waste that contributes towards CO2 emissions? Our idea is to begin with large-scale composting to produce a range of high-grade compost to meet the needs of some of our key partners involved in mono-crop agriculture, as well as those involved in large-scale landscaping projects.

At present, we have a couple sites available to our disposal on which we can establish our production facilities. We need help in designing the composters, and in developing the various composition formulas for our end products.

Qualifications, Preferences, and Assets

Mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, chemists/chemical engineers, environmental scientists...AND MORE!


Kristal Peters - Founder

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