Ekipa Tasi Mos Atauro, Timor-Leste, (Clean Ocean Team Atauro) is a community organization that aims to remove and record plastic pollution from the marine environment that surround the waters of Atauro and to assist the community in reducing their use of single-use plastics. The organization aims to collect the marine debris then recycle the plastics into usable items for the community. This page aims to aid in the funding of the recycling station.
After a generous donation of land and resources from Barry's Place Atauro, a premise to house the recycling station has been built. We have purchased some machines and can now produce some products but we need to purchase a larger capacity shredder and extrusion machine to be able to process the amount of plastic that lands on our island. The funds raised will also go towards installing plumbing for the recycling station, purchasing several precision engineered moulds, safety equipment and small power tools that will enable us to make quality products. 100% of the funds go to this project and our aim is to make this self sustaining and creating employment for local people.
The island of Atauro sits within the world renowned coral triangle, having the most bio-diverse reef fish species in the world. The effects of marine debris from plastic pollution are well known. Our aim is to remove this plastic pollution from the local waters whilst also providing an income for the local community through the production of usable items.