On May 17th, World Recycling Day, a Museum born precisely to show the great benefits of plastic in people’s daily lives will be recycled for the first time in the world.
On May 8th, THE PLASTIC MUSEUM was inaugurated in Madrid. The first 100% recyclable plastic museum in the world. The Mayor of the city, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, was in charge of kicking off this original exhibition, located in the Plaza de Juan Goytisolo, in front of the Reina Sofía Museum.
This ephemeral museum, built entirely out of plastic, will be open to the public free of charge from 8 to 16 May. And on the 17th, coinciding with World Recycling Day, it will be dismantled to be reused and recycled in all its parts and elements: floor, walls and ceiling, with the aim of conveying the importance of this gesture to make the most of these materials.
The Plastic Museum aims to show the vital role that plastics play in our lives, to make society aware of how plastics contribute when they are used correctly, and to show visually that the problem arises when waste is not managed properly or when the material is used irresponsibly.
This Museum was created so that visitors can live an experience and be surprised, be able to change their perception and reflect, because plastics are essential in our lives, they are sustainable for our planet, fulfilling the commitment to be reused, well recycled and contributing to create a better world.
Plastic materials are essential for reducing energy consumption, reducing CO2 emissions and reducing food waste, all of which are essential objectives in the fight against climate change.
Throughout its three rooms, the Museum is presented as a transformational space, which seeks a change in the perception of plastic as a recyclable and sustainable material. It also shows how essential these materials are and how they have transformed sectors such as health, food, construction and mobility, among others.
The Museum aims to promote responsible use practices, environmental awareness and a culture of reuse and recycling in society.
The leading plastic recycling and treatment companies, SINTAC and GCR Group, will be in charge of the Museum’s recycling process; SINTAC will manage the technical plastics and GCR will take care of the polyolefins. This action is part of the commitment of both companies to Sustainability and the Circular Economy, as well as raising public awareness to show society that, with a good use of plastic, and through the consumption of recycled plastics, it is possible to combat climate change.
“At GCR Group we research every day to provide solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of many of the everyday products in our daily lives. Collaborating in the recycling of the Museum is a further part of our commitment to the Sustainability and Circularity of plastics” – says GCR Group.
“SINTAC’s Circular Economy projects are committed to converting waste into new usable resources; our track record and experience of more than 25 years in the recovery of plastics facilitates the transition towards greater sustainability and circularity. This Museum will not generate any type of waste, because we will help to recycle it in new applications“- says Vicente Olmos, CEO of SINTAC Reclycling.