Making
Timor-Leste
the World’s
First Plastic
Neutral
Country

RESPECT is a not-for-profit organisation set up between Mura and the Government of Timor-Leste to represent and address the social, economic and environmental needs of its people and landscape. The country, which sits 550km north of Australia and has a population of 1.3 million, currently receives around 67 tonnes of exported plastic waste into port every day.

With no clean running water, communities themselves can only ensure safe drinking water through bottled water, which, combined with waste plastic arriving into port and no standardised waste processing infrastructure, results in plastic waste dumps on land, and significant leakage into the oceans. This greatly effects quality of life in Timor-Leste, with people seeking to earn a living through retrieving plastic materials from the waste dumps to sell on. Marine biodiversity is also hugely damaged by the quantity of plastic entering the ocean environment.

RESPECT (Recycling/Environment/Social/Plastic/Empowerment/Community/Timor) is a partnership aiming to introduce the innovative Cat-HTR™ technology to the country from Mura, enabling the recycling of waste at scale. Not only would this provide employment and support to communities within the country, it would also bring an improved economical position and create a truly circular economy.

Timor-Leste will emerge as the first plastic neutral country in the world.

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