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Empower is building a global plastic waste ecosystem based on the same philosophy as the Norwegian bottle deposit system. Empower is cleaning up the world while fighting poverty by providing wages to those in need. The goal is to promote disruptive solutions which can contribute to shape a fully circular economy. In brief, the vision is to create a global plastic waste deposit system to clean up the world and fight poverty while building a global plastic waste tracking platform to enable a circular waste management system and recycling culture. Empower was founded in 2018 in Norway and working globally. So far over 3000 tons of plastic has been collected with over 60 partner organizations in e.g. Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Egypt, India, Laos. For every US dollar Empower cleans up 2.5 kg plastic waste. Donations for the clean ups are 100 % directed for the waste collectors - that is a real impact!