Blockchain-powered plastic waste collection

Empower is creating a global plastic recycling ecosystem driven by blockchain technology. Yet to be commercially implemented, the system could incentivise clean-up of plastic everywhere.

At a glance

  • System for exchanging plastic waste for tokens
  • Tokens awarded using blockchain
  • Trialled in Norway – yet to be commerically implemented

Plastic pollution is one of the world’s fastest growing environmental challenges. Every minute 15 metric tons of plastic reaches the ocean from land-based sources.

Plastic for tokens

Empower has devised a system which allows people to exchange plastic waste for tokens. The tokens can in turn be exchanged for money or used to pay for plastic clean-up in other locations.

Once implemented, the system will let anyone deliver at certified recycling stations. Blockchain technology will ensure that tokens for plastic are securely awarded and used. This could allow people to collect plastic and save the planet while making money.

Empower is working to recruit sponsors who will commit to buy tokens/plastic waste at a set price, in order to fuel the exchange and implement the system.

Concrete benefits

The immediate benefit of Empower would be to reduce plastic waste. An added benefit would be increasing income for those in need of additional earnings. With the system fully developed, it could even provide IDs and bank accounts to the previously unbanked.

Market potential

More than USD 10 billion of bulk value plastic waste ends up in nature every year. Feeding plastic waste into the circular economy and creating recycled products, meanwhile, could have a potential value of USD 50 billion.

Empower is a newly established company based in Oslo. It recently trialled its system with a volunteer pilot initiative at a beach in western Norway.

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Get in touch

Wilhelm Myrer
Wilhelm Myrer
CEO
+47 986 66 491
Contact

Company info

Logo Empower AS
Empower AS
Mostugutua 14, NO-2070 Råholt, Norway
Contact

At a glance

  • System for exchanging plastic waste for tokens
  • Tokens awarded using blockchain
  • Trialled in Norway – yet to be commerically implemented

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Get in touch

Wilhelm Myrer
Wilhelm Myrer
CEO
+47 986 66 491
Contact

Company info

Logo Empower AS
Empower AS
Mostugutua 14, NO-2070 Råholt, Norway
Contact