The latest supported project is the following:
Project Nidisi: Recycling in Nepal
Plastic waste challenges Nepal ecologically. The waste ends up in overcrowded waste dumps, in nature or is burned in an environmentally harmful way.
The project aims to achieve a recycling rate of 80% in Nepal. To achieve this, modular recycling centers are being built where presses are used to increase the density of the materials. This makes transport to recycling factories possible. One press has a capacity of 20,000 kg per month, based on an actual throughput of 18,-20,000 kg, that's 4kg per minute. With Rounding Up, we are financing two such presses.
In the long term, Nidisi plans to integrate non-recyclable plastic as a concrete replacement in road construction. Together with the Fraunhofer Institute and several universities, they have developed an innovative process that takes road construction to a new level. Several pilot roads are already under construction. Another part of Rounding Up will be used for research costs.
Nepal in the climate crisis - how our project helps
The effects of the climate crisis are already affecting Nepal. They are particularly noticeable shortly before, after and during the rainy season. Large floods and dry periods that are far too long bring challenges for people and agriculture. The dry season leads to uncontrolled forest fires and the above-average intensity of the rainy season to many deaths. The warming in Nepal is expected to be higher than the global average. Climate change is already having a significant impact on the environment in Nepal - glaciers are melting and the frequency of rainfall extremes is increasing.
Recycling as a contribution to climate justice
1. International inequality: people in the global North consume the most plastic, but are less affected by the consequences.
-> through plastic credits sold as vouchers to companies in the global north, they pay for recycling in the global south.
2. Income inequality: poor regions are more affected by plastic pollution, so people living there are more likely to experience health problems.
-> Recycling fights pollution.
3. Gender inequality
-> Women receive the same wages as men in the project.
4. Urban-rural inequality: villages often cannot develop waste management themselves. Unemployment rate is higher in rural areas.
-> The project creates mobile recycling centers that can be used anywhere.
-> The project creates jobs in rural areas.