As it celebrates its fifth anniversary, the Plastimobile is – more than ever – an excellent tool to bring the circular economy to life for the public, especially young people. Polymers offer great comfort to their users, but also have an afterlife if they are collected and sorted properly. Hence the Plastimobile motto: “I collect, I sort, I manufacture”.
The Plastimobile is a workshop on wheels which travels around Wallonia and Brussels encouraging young and old alike to put their plastic waste in the garbage or to bring them to the container park. The truck is equipped with a shredder, an injection-molding machine and a vacuum former so the Plastimobile team can show audiences how to recycle plastics into new objects.
The Plastimobile visits schools and attends numerous trade shows such as the Libramont agricultural fair as well as concerts. It can count on the support of students in the plastics sections of the Athénée de Ciney and Athénée de Châtelet (Wallonia), who run the stand at big events and inform young people about the great career opportunities on offer to those who opt for technical studies in plastics.
In 2016, the Plastimobile traveled to 63 schools and reached 2,858 students. It also attended 21 fairs, including the Libramont agricultural fair where it reached 8,590 people.
In August 2017, Plastimobile led a special operation « Zero butt in nature » at the music festival Espéranzah. Festival-goers were invited to bring back their cigarette butts in exchange for ashtrays with fastening clips made out of recycled plastic cups. The operation was a real success, with more than 250 plastics cups transformed into 500 ashtrays which were distributed during the festival.