Our photo gallery will keep you up to date with all latest developments at WLAB.
Did we mention that there are too many bottles in use.
What a spot.
Finishing a key tag.
Visitors checking out our filtration system and refill mechanism.
On site production with recycled has begun! This key tag is made from approximately 3 bottle caps.
Meet the team in our freshly arrived team shirts. Form left to right: Vinod, Siyam, Fazry and Sulfi.
One more! OK.
Unloading plastic bottles is somewhat like juggling.
Our education container is up and runnning! You can use precious plastic machinery, shred some plastic and watch video of how bad things are but also how we can make things better.
This is Siyam. If you see him wizzing around Arugam Bay give him a smile, wave or give him a pad on the back. He empties all the collection points we set up.
Bottles, bottles, ....
... and more bottles. How do we allow companies to litter us with all this. They have cheap transport and all of us have to pay to manage all this waste!
Our container dedicated to everything water. Baling machine on the left to at least funnel those terrible plastic bottles into the recycling stream, on the right the solution - a water refill station. If all places in Arugam Bay would offer this service, even for a fee, a plastic bottle free Arugam Bay could be achieved quite easily. Watch it Orzone.
Artwork by Zev Landes.
Shredder outtake. Blue bottle lids make blue flakes, red lids make ... you get the system.
When you refill your bottle with us this balance will go down indicating what is being avoided. On the left of the balance is what it takes to produce a single PET plastic bottle. 7 Liter of water and around 200 ml of oil.
Manual injection molding with waste plastic? Thanks Dave Hakkens. Preciousplastic.com
Planet over Plastic sticker available at our center. Big Thanks to Zev for donating the artwork. Check out his work here.
Shredded bottle lids make great plastic for injection molding. They carry the resin code 5 = Polypropylene.
Peanut farm seems to attract a thirsty crowd. This is the amount from 2-3 days in high season. Imagine a refill option there and all this plastic would not be necessary?
We build a big cache on our three wheeler. The problem is big and so difficult for waste management because we mainly transport air!
Finally our education container is in the making. Can't wait to have you visit and use our precious plastic machines to make your recycled plastic souvenir!
Plastic bags? Nah, thanks. Get you WLAB cloth bag at our recycling center and bring it for your shopping in Arugam Bay.
Dulan collecting bags from a classic collection spot for PET bottles - a pile some where on a hotel property.
And after some hard work in the sweltering heat the PET is off to our baling machine.
Slowly getting there. Our Water Container in the evening.
Water tapping balance designed by Colombo Design Studio. Filling your bottle on the right will balance the weight on the left being 7 liters of water and 200ml of oil - which is necessary to manufacture one single PET plastic bottle. You refill, you save these rescources!
Collection barrel with messaging. In the end, the emptier these are the better!
Our poster for the Say No To Plastic Straws campaign. Thanks a lot to local artist Mika Tennekoon for the artwork donation. Find more of her work here.
And then what we hoped for started happening ...
... people came and gave us their segregated plastic for us to bale.
And the DIY continues. Sulfi learned about plastic at Beira and he learned painting at the project site. Wait until we show our self proclaimed best painter in town a roller!
And if Sulfi is not DIYing our interior he improvises his scooter into a PET collection vehicle.
In June Artist Ruwangi came all the way to the east to give our project some pop and some color. Thanks Ruwangi. Check out her work here.
We think it's safe to say that thanks to Ruwangi we have the most jolly ride in town. If you see it, stop it and dispose of your plastic responsibly. Even better just wave and take a sip from your reusable bottle!
Dressed to impress. Co-Project Manager Fazry on the left and Site Coordinator and one of Arugam Bay's finest Sulfi on the right visiting Beira Enviro Solutions to learn about where the plastic we collect will be processed.
All good things come with a crane when it comes to waste management...
... in this case our baling machine as tested by Co-Project Manager Fazry who worked in large scale paper recycling in Colombo for ten years. Now he is with us starting from scratch.
Colombo Design Studio planning out the interior of our H2O container.
In case you were wondering where most of the plastic trash is ending up ... sadly quite often in flames.
Upset and annoyed by the pollution we came up with the concept that was finally named Waste Less Arugam Bay. We took it to the Waste Management Authority and other organizations and the proposal got better and better and finally with a lot of passionate help from many people who contribute we manged to get the funding from USAID. Well, our company has to contribute financially as well but hey this is a one time chance to try something new. So here we go, one of our container spaces being outfitted at McLaren Logistics in Colombo.