‘In a Wasted neighbourhood, plastic is never wasted. You use it. You re-use it. It’s a valued resource, a community asset.’ Taking plastic off the streets and out of landfill sites, the Wasted laboratory’s reprocessing machines keep plastic in the local community, repurposing waste as building blocks used in public structures including benches and stages.
Amsterdammers are encouraged to donate their waste in exchange for Wasted loyalty coins, a pseudo currency earning them discounts and experiences at more than 20 local stores and services.
Rewards start from as little as one coin, equivalent to one bag of plastic, while eight will earn diligent donors a coffee roasting and tasting workshop at micro roaster Dolce Alchemia, and 10 is enough for a three-course meal at seafood restaurant Stork.
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