The Schwarz Group is constantly looking for opportunities to cooperate with organizations working to free the environment of plastic waste. There are 700 pieces of plastic in the oceans for each person in the world, but the problem of durable plastics goes much further.
The Schwarz Group tests ideas that tackle the removal of plastic from rivers, lakes or land – appropriate cleaning measures for any ecosystem suffering from the thoughtless disposal of plastic.
We support the
removal of plastic
waste from the
IN THE WRONG PLACE
The company values local and global projects that are holistically conceived to ensure the collected materials find a sustainable and purposeful use. Ultimately, waste is just reusable material in the wrong place. The Schwarz Group doesn’t just offer financial support, but also makes its expertise available to project partners.
SEAHAMSTERS REMOVE TRASH FROM INDONESIAN RIVERS
The Schwarz Group has joined forces with the environmental organization ‘One Earth – One Ocean e.V.’ (OEOO) and a local specialist for waste management and recycling, ‘PT Wasteforchange Alam Indonesia’ (W4C), to launch a river clean-up project in Bekasi, Indonesia. The joint project aims to reduce the amount of waste in the world’s oceans.
The project will start in the middle of 2020 and is planned for a period of three years. “SeaHamsters” will be used to remove trash in sections along the river and shore areas of Bekasi. SeaHamsters are electrically driven catamarans designed to remove trash from rivers and can be photovoltaically charged.
The Schwarz Group will finance the entire project including, among other things, the SeaHamsters and the equipment, training of the project participants and recycling all of the plastic collected. The corporation is also bringing along its comprehensive know-how and network in the area of plastic. The future goal is to turn the entire project over to local agents in order to create local jobs as well.
PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT IN INDONESIA
AS PART OF THE SCHWARZ GROUP, PREZERO IS SUPPORTING THE WWF OCEANS INITIATIVE
The salvage and recycling of ghost nets is focused on the Baltic Sea. Working together with fishermen, professional diving teams recover sunken fishing nets which are then tested in a variety of ways to establish their recycling potential.
The cooperation, which started in 2015, is dedicated to the following two challenges and is supported by PreZero financially as well as with technical expertise:
The avoidance and disposal of plastic waste in Southeast Asia focuses on Vietnam.
In the highly-sensitive marine protection areas and national parks of the Phu Quoc Island, measures to avoid waste in the tourism sector and the medium-term expansion of a waste management system are being advanced. In the province of Long An, in the northern part of the Mekong Delta, PreZero is using its technical expertise for installing systems to further process waste and recyclables.
By participating in Project STOP since 2019, the Schwarz Group supports a project already working to prevent ocean plastic leakage. Founded in 2017, the initiative develops effective recycling management systems together with the affected cities and provides money and expertise to realize solutions.
The first project was launched in April 2018 in Muncar, a coastal region in Indonesia, and two further partner cities, Pasuruan and Jembrana, followed at the end of 2019. In addition to the environmental gains, the local population also benefits from resulting job creation.