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Joint development - The first shelter with recycled plastic from the river Po

The plasticwaste collected and then recycled can become a useful tool for dealing withemergency situations. This was the result of the experimental project presentedat the Ecomondo fair in Rimini by Waste Free Oceans and Corepla, who, togetherwith Protomax, have created a humanitarian shelter prototype with plasticcollected along the river Po in Italy.

Corepla - theItalian non-profit-making consortium for the collection, recycling and recoveryof the waste from plastic packaging materials - partnered with the Waste FreeOceans foundation and collaborated on this project in Italy by providing thematerial which was used for the first shelter.

The plasticwaste collected with experimental polyethylene barriers in the river Po, afterbeing recycled by Corepla, was sent to the Storm Board plant of the Englishgroup Protomax Plastics, a company specialising in the production of recycledplastic panels that are mainly used in the constructions sector, in order toproduce the boards which served for building the shelter.

Theorganisations cooperate in finding a practical answer to the issue of marinelitter and in helping educate society on the recycling solutions available,therefore helping some regions in the world with the humanitarian shelterproject.

Atthe end of the Ecomondo fair, the panels, which are quickly assembled anddisassembled, have been sent to Athens, with the aim of serving as a demoproject helping the refugees in the area. The original concept is to managepart of the refugee's plastic waste in order to produce recycled panels whichcan be used to build emergency shelters or any other useful structures suitableto their needs. 

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