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An innovation to transform plastic waste into a source of energy

Circular economyClimateInternational
With 25 €,
Earthwake finances:
1 kg of difficult-to-recover plastic waste recycled
24,527 €30,000 €
296 Captains


Each year, 11 million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped into the oceans. In fact, only 16% of plastic waste is recycled worldwide.

This finding is even more worrying on island sites, which do not have sufficient resources to set up these channels. The use of plastic fishing traps, nearly 60% of which are abandoned at sea, is a major contributor to plastic pollution on Kerkennah Island. Over 600 tonnes of plastic traps are used there every year.


In partnership with the SMILO association, the overall aim of the project is to set up a pilot project on Kerkennah to promote sustainable plastic waste management based on an innovative technical solution: pyrolysis. The installation of the Chrysalis on the island will make it possible to recover plastic waste that is difficult to recycle because it is soiled, while creating fuel, vital for fishermen, from waste currently not taken into account by existing recycling channels. The installation of the Chrysalis will make it possible to reduce the quantities of plastic abandoned at sea. 
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Recent result

Since May 2020, the Chrysalis® has been powering two household waste collection trucks in the commune of Puget Théniers, with plastic fuel !

Since the launch of this project, the association has achieved the following results:
- 1.1 tonne of plastic waste PE/PP recovered as energy by the Chrysalis;
- nearly 800 L of dieselproduced;
- 18,000 km covered by the household refuse collection trucks.

The money will be used for

In order to adopt a more global approach to reducing plastic waste, preventive awareness-raising actions will be carried out. Funding via the Captain Cause platform will enable the organization of awareness-raising actions aimed at fishermen.


The aim is to achieve 40kg of recycled plastic waste per day, i.e. as much waste not dumped in the oceans.
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