P17433: Plastic Bottle Upcycling


Project Summary Project Information

In their current state, Nicaragua and Haiti are overwhelmed with plastic bottle waste streams. In these environments, this plastic waste is an untapped resource that can be both removed and reused. The objective of this project is to develop a system and several products that can effectively remove this waste and produce value for the people living in these polluted regions.

Traditional recycling methods are not currently viable and as a result, it is our goal to produce a method of up-cycling for these bottles that will benefit the local population. We will work to develop a system that promotes collection of the waste and rewards the community for their efforts in reducing the pollution. We believe we can use this waste stream and produce a value stream in areas such as infrastructure, education, and public health.

Water Bottle Waste in Haiti

Water Bottle Waste in Haiti



Four Walls Project Rochester

Four Walls Project Rochester

Project Name
Plastic Bottle Upcycling
Project Number
Project Family
Autodesk Interdisciplinary Projects
Project Track
Sustainable technologies for the global marketplace
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Sarah Brownell, sabeie@rit.edu
Primary Customers
Erinold Frederick (Haiti)
Four Walls Project Rochester (Nicaragua)
Sponsor (financial support)
Important Documents
Project Readiness Package
1-Page Summary

Team Members

From left to right: Mohd Afifi Ishak, David Swerzenski, Evan Oslakovich, and Michael Kist.

From left to right: Mohd Afifi Ishak, David Swerzenski, Evan Oslakovich, and Michael Kist.

Member Role Contact
Evan Oslakovich Lead Engineer eto1020@rit.edu
David Swerzenski Team Facilitator dts9015@rit.edu
Michael Kist Project Manager mjk6375@rit.edu
Mohd Afifi Ishak Industrial Designer mbi1316@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation