Obaggo Update: The Chicken or the Egg?
Updated: Sep 24, 2021
This blog post answers one of our most Frequently Asked Questions!
One of the most popular questions we get asked is,
How will my Obaggo disks get to a recycler?
Obaggo's mission is to achieve universal acceptance of densified plastic film disks in curbside recycling programs.
The Obaggo disk is designed to be a valuable object that is easily sortable from a mixed-stream of recyclables, using the types of automated equipment found at your Material Recovery Facility (MRF), where your recyclables are taken.
But, we have a "Chicken or the Egg?" problem.
How can recyclers sort out Obaggo disks, to sell them in large bulk quantities, if they don't exist yet?
The answer is, MRFs won't sort out Obaggo disks on Day-One, there simply won't be enough disks.
There are over 300 Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in North America. When there are enough Obaggo disks being recycled, that a MRF can sort them out and sell, literally, tons of them, we will start to see curbside recycling programs accept Obaggo disks.
So we need to introduce Obaggo and grow it to scale, before MRFs will be able to recycle them.
But what can we do with our Obaggo disks until then?
Obaggo is working to provide consumers with as many convenient alternatives for recycling their disks as possible, during the interim.
The first places that will accept Obaggos will be communities with drop-off locations, where you will find specially-marked bins. Obaggo will collect the material from those bins and ensure they get recycled.
Obaggo bins can be placed at recycling centers, transfer stations, schools, businesses, anywhere that a person or organization thinks it will be most convenient.
To find the closest Obaggo drop-off location, Obaggo will also offer a phone app, which you can use to easily find the growing number of drop-off locations near you.
For people in out-of-the-way locations, Obaggo will also offer a mail-back program. If you are a "once-a-week" puck-maker, then about every 6 months you could mail your approximately 7 pounds of disks back to Obaggo, where we will ensure the material gets recycled. You can use any shipping method of your choice, or purchase a mailing label from our website.
Rest assured, Obaggo is committed to working tirelessly to help consumers divert plastic bags and packaging film from the waste stream and into the recycling stream.
And once they are in the recycling stream, we will do everything we can to make sure they get made into good products again.
Please consider supporting this worthwhile project by pre-ordering an Obaggo, on Indiegogo, in September!
Thanks so much for your continued support!
Dave New, founder of Obaggo