In the Biobased Battle, you work together in a group of students from Universidade Federal de Viçosa and Avans University of Applied Science (The Netherlands), in order to solve a global environmental issue. Tutors in Brazil and The Netherlands in combination with workshops will help guide you in the rigth direction. At the end of the week, you will give a group pitch about your solution. The best pitch wins.
The problem to be addressed
At this moment, many plastics (packaging, bottles) end up in the environment and cause a lot of environmental issues. Other plastics end up on landfills or are burned, which is also not the best environmental solution. If countries or cities decide to collect plastics, re-use is often difficult because there are a lot of different types of plastics. As a result, collected plastics still end up being burned (or sometimes pyrolysed). A better solution for plastics is recycling or re-use of plastics (circular economy). However, in order to achieve a high level of recycling/re-use, a completely innovative approach is required. In this Biobased Battle, we would like you to come up with a feasible solution for the recycling/re-use of plastics.
Question: How can we improve the recycling/re-use of plastics looking at the all different aspects of the plastic chain (production, retail, consumers, disposal, waste management)?
Applications for UFV students: http://www.dri.ufv.br/?noticias=2929