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JOBS CREATED IN INDIA AND INDONESIA

Plastic Fischer aims to create long-term impact. This is why we work closely with local communities, create jobs in the place of operations and provide financial security for our employees. They are the foundation and engine of our environmental impact. Many of our employees were day-labourers for most of their lives and now appreciate regular working hours, timely and fair pay, and a safe working environment. We treat our employees with the utmost respect and listen to their needs.


Browse through a few stories of our employees and learn more about the importance of their full-time job at Plastic Fischer, that you can secure by supporting our company.

READ A FEW STORIES 

OF OUR EMPLOYEES

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MEET MOHANAN:

Covid affected the Art world

This is Mohanan from Trivandrum. Before the pandemic, Mohanan worked as a skilled sculptor, crafting art that resonated deeply. Covid disrupted the art world and he found himself jobless.

“When I lost my job, I was desperate. Plastic Fischer not only provided me with a stable income but also gave me a sense of purpose. Now, I'm proud to support my family by cleaning our hometown."



- Mohanan, Trivandrum, India

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MEET SHAILESH:

From part-time to full-time

This is Shailesh from Mangalore. Before joining Plastic Fischer, he used to face delayed salary payouts which made it impossible for him to meet his loan dues.

“In October 2022, I started working for Plastic Fischer part-time. I quickly realized that this is different to all the other jobs I had before. I never experienced this reliability of payments and the respect from my employers before. This is why I decided to work full-time
at Plastic Fischer”



- Shailesh, Mangalore, India

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MEET ASLAH:

Financial Security and Purpose

This is Aslah from Bandung. He formerly worked as a driver and waste sorter before losing his jobs through the pandemic before joining Plastic Fischer Indonesia in August 2023.

“I learned in my previous job that plastic has a value that is often thrown away. I am proud to now contribute to a cleaner environment around the Citarum River. I am happy to have financial stability but also feel good to have a job with deeper purpose.”



- Aslah, Bandung, Indonesia

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MEET ARJUN:

Debt-Free

This is Arjun from Varanasi. Before becoming part of the team in June 2021, he had several jobs that jeopardized his health and the insufficient income didn't allow him to send his children to school and he was indebted.

“Plastic Fischer helped me repay a high-interest loan that I took on due to a medical family emergency a few years back. My kids go to school, I have health insurance, and a provident fund which gives me and my family security I didn’t have before.”



- Arjun, Mangalore, India

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MEET VIJAY:

Better health and Education

This is Vijay from Kanpur. Before joining Plastic Fischer, he was facing continuous health issues because in his former job, he was operating a machine that emitted toxic fumes.

“I am proud to be part of preserving the environment - for my daughter and the people of Kanpur and the Ganga River. The change of job improved my health and allowed me to send my daughter to school.”



- Vijay, Kanpur, India

VIJAY

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REPORT ABOUT OUR WORK

HOLISTIC IMPACT

LET US SHOW YOU, WHAT WE DO

Plastic Fischer’s USP is the simplicity and pragmatism with which we are solving multiple challenges at very low-cost. By “1 € = 1 kg” we are able to finance the entire company structure, including salaries, rent, fuel, insurances, machinery, tax accountants, and much more. We want to show you as transparent as possible what we are doing and illustrated a detailed breakdown of our operations. Let us know if there are still questions!

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
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The decentralized Team invests a lot of time to exchange with the local project managers. It is important to be on the same page when scaling our operations.
VISITS
VISITS
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Once in a while, the team has to travel to existing or new project sites. We avoid in-person meetings as much as possible, but sometimes it is crucial to have a face-to-face conversation instead of a video call.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
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Every river and every drain is different. Our engineers design and customize the anchoring and system according to the needs of our local teams and ensure reliable technology.
MARKETING & SALES
MARKETING & SALES
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In order to grow our impact, we need money. Therefore, we need to invest some budget in spreading the word. We use these budgets wisely and efficient to ensure most of the money is invested in impact.
3L INITIATIVE™
3L INITIATIVE™
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Our innovative technologies are locally-built, low-tech and result in low-cost. Avoiding imports saves time, money and carbon. It also helps to implement and repair quickly.

RIVERBANK CLEANUPS
RIVERBANK CLEANUPS
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To restore river ecosystems, we also cleanup the riverbanks near our systems and keep them as clean as possible. In some places, we set up TrashBins and clean them regularly.
RIVER PLASTIC
RIVER PLASTIC
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Plastic ends up in rivers because of insufficient waste management infrastructure. We collect what otherwise would end up in the oceans. Learn more about the Problem.
INFORMING RESIDENTS
INFORMING RESIDENTS
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We ensure that the local communities are on our side and support the operations. Therefore, we inform the households nearby about our work and sometimes organize joint events with them.

SCOUTING
SCOUTING
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We put quite some work into identifying the most suitable and impactful site for a TrashBoom deployment. After taking detailed measurements, our engineers decide on the right solution to tackle River Plastic.
THE TRASHBOOM
THE TRASHBOOM
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The TrashBoom does its job and effectively stops the vast majority of River Plastic and stops it from entering the oceans and prevents it from breaking down into microplastic. Learn more about our solution.
DEPLOYMENT
DEPLOYMENT
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The TrashBoom is assembled on-site within short time and attached to the customized and reliable anchoring. We can easily retrieve the modular system for maintenance and repair.

PLASTIC - 
NO FISH
PLASTIC - 
NO FISH
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Our TrashBoom is designed to effectively stop macro plastic. The passive system is there to block, not to “catch” anything. Fish are not entangled in the rigid mesh and can swim underneath the barrier.
PLASTIC FISCHER
PLASTIC FISCHER
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Our team empties most of our systems daily. This is important to prevent bad smell for residents, water borne diseases, floodings, and the systems from overloading.
TRANSPORT
TRANSPORT
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We transport people and River Plastic to and from all of our sites daily. The material is brought to our Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) to ensure the best possible processing.

MATERIAL RECOVERY FACILITY
MATERIAL RECOVERY FACILITY
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We rent warehouses that we turn into MRF’s (Material Recovery Facilities). Here we manage and store the River Plastic until it is delivered to our off-takers.
BALING
BALING
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We bale (compress) the dried River Plastic in around 30-50 kg cubes and then stack it until we ship non-recyclables to cement plants for Co-Processing and ensure recyclables are reintroduced into the supply chain. Click on the next Spotlight for more info.
SORTING
SORTING
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We separate recyclable from non-recyclable material. 5% of the material is sold to local recyclers and reintroduced into the supply chain. Unfortunately, The rest has to be burnt as an energy source. Click on the next Spotlight for more info.
DRYING
DRYING
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Before sorting the material, we dry it. We use the natural sunlight to get rid of the majority of moisture. Additionally, we sometimes use a drying machine to further dry it.

CO-PROCESSING
CO-PROCESSING
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The vast majority of River Plastic can not be recycled, as the bags and sachets are not designed for it. The best available alternative to landfills and oceans are cement plants, where it supplements coal. We work on increasing our recycling rate and welcome suggestions!
TRACKING
TRACKING
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Every kilogram that we collect from the rivers are registered in a third-party app from Empower AS. We ensure that all volumes are accurately tracked and nothing is double accounted.
RECYCLING
RECYCLING
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The few recyclables are sold to local off-takers. 5% of the collected material (Drinking- and Shampoo Bottles) can be reintroced into the supply chain. We work on increasing the percentage and welcome suggestions!
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
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The decentralized Team invests a lot of time to exchange with the local project managers. It is important to be on the same page when scaling our operations.
VISITS
VISITS
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Once in a while, the team has to travel to existing or new project sites. We avoid in-person meetings as much as possible, but sometimes it is crucial to have a face-to-face conversation instead of a video call.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
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Every river and every drain is different. Our engineers design and customize the anchoring and system according to the needs of our local teams and ensure reliable technology.
MARKETING & SALES
MARKETING & SALES
Sale price€0,00
In order to grow our impact, we need money. Therefore, we need to invest some budget in spreading the word. We use these budgets wisely and efficient to ensure most of the money is invested in impact.
3L INITIATIVE™
3L INITIATIVE™
Sale price€0,00
Our innovative technologies are locally-built, low-tech and result in low-cost. Avoiding imports saves time, money and carbon. It also helps to implement and repair quickly.
RIVERBANK CLEANUPS
RIVERBANK CLEANUPS
Sale price€0,00