How much of my donation reaches Indonesia?
All advertising, admin and personal costs can be covered with the help of economical income through Project Wings’ setup. 100% of the funds from private individuals, like one-time donations and long-term sponsoring, are used only for the project.
What exactly is done with a contribution?
We use ring-fenced donations (like fundraising or donations specified with an intended purpose) if possible for the respected area. If you didn’t specify a purpose, then the aid is used for the area where it is needed most at the time.
How long does a house in the Recycling Village last for?
Find out more about our construction method as well as the building physical properties of Ecobricks. Click on Ecobrick building.
When should the Recycling Village be finished?
The Recycling Village in Bukit Lawang (Sumatra, Indonesia) should be standing by the end of 2021. This should remove around 250,000 kg of plastic from the environment and isolate it. Moreover, 150 new jobs will be created.
Stay informed and find regular updates on the village’s development through our social media outlets!
Where does the collected waste come from?
Many parts of Indonesia lack a functioning recycling-system. Often the waste is burned, collected, or lost into the rivers. Many people don’t know what to do to help because they have not been made properly aware of these topics. Everyday consumer goods like shampoo or washing up liquid are often only offered in sachets made of mixed plastic; therefore, the packaging consumption is drastically increased. Additionally, numerous countries store their waste in Indonesia so it can be recycled properly. However, this is hardly the case. Instead, it finds its way into nature and into the sea. Or it is burned extensively.
Germany also exports several thousand tons annually (67,000 tons in 2018 alone) to Indonesia. There, it is mostly dumped and stored instead of being recycled back into the material cycle. As a result, the environment and people are heavily polluted. (data from: https://www.greenpeace.de/themen/endlager-umwelt/plastikmuell/ueber-nacht-zur-muellhalde)
Won’t the locals buy more plastic if they can get money for it?
There is almost half a kilogram of plastic waste in an Ecobrick. So, to buy enough plastic waste, more money would have to be spent on the products than what they can receive through the sale of one Ecobrick. It wouldn’t be lucrative. Furthermore, the plastic of the last 30 years accumulates in the surrounding area, so there are plenty of opportunities to come across plastic for Ecobricks for free.
What happens after the Village is completed?
Due to the different buildings, the Recycling Village will generate revenue and so will leave behind a self-sustaining and local-led system. Therefore, the Village, its associated jobs and the local cooperation partners can continue to be financed.
When the first Recycling Village has been completed, a new village in a different region or country with similar challenges will be built.
What income will be generated by the Village?
Within the Recycling Village there is a market area, a package-free shop, different activities, a ‘Culture Kitchen’ and so much more. Thanks to different workshops and seminars, which are also available to tourists (for a small contribution), a stable income can be secured. This way, we can ensure that participation in the activities is free of charge for children and young people. All the revenue stays in Indonesia and is invested in the project there.
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