At Montachem, we are dedicated to a cleaner, greener planet. We are conscious of the global plastic pollution problem and we believe that the plastics community should participate in eliminating it. Education and recycling are clearly the answer and we have dedicated resources to cleaning up the planet.


Haiti is the poorest nation in the Americas and one of the poorest in the world. Haiti has a significant plastic pollution problem, as illustrated by the contamination of its streams, rivers and ocean. Our recycling initiative will positively impact Haiti and the goal is to replicate our efforts in other countries where Montachem operates.


Haiti has the highest illiteracy rate in the western hemisphere and nearly 60% of the total population is under the age of 20 (school age). The country faces severe shortages in educational supplies and qualified teachers.


Montachem will join the existing Groupe HM recycling efforts.  The operation currently collects plastic garbage from the streets, beaches and water sources and recycles the waste into much-needed children’s school desks, ultimately turning disposables into durable products with an educational, social impact.


“At Montachem, we care about the communities we serve and the world at large.  We are committed to a greener, cleaner planet and we understand the potential impact and benefits of a solid, results-driven corporate responsibility program.  

The Montachem recycling initiative is focused on improving issues associated with post-consumer waste and our goal is to implement a major recycle program in every country in which we operate. At Montachem, giving back is part of what we do – daily.”


Jerry Murcia, Montachem CEO


Deliver a comprehensive, efficient plastic recycling program that recognizes the needs of the Haitian people, supports education and significantly reduces plastics pollution.


The goal for the Montachem/Groupe HM Recycling Initiative is to recycle 4MT of plastics/month (48MT/year), converting that waste into children’s school desks.


Collection. Sources collect and bring plastic waste to plant.
Selection and Cleaning:  Plastic is sorted, selected and cleaned using dedicated equipment.
Pelletizing: Clean and selected waste is extruded and pelletized.
Injection Molding: Pellets sent to molding machines that manufacture the desk parts.
Final assembly: desks are assembled and conditioned for sale.


In 2019, Montachem will invest $30,000 in the Initiative and in the next three years, significantly impact the plastic pollution problem in Haiti.


By converting waste into low-cost, durable, much-needed learning tools, Montachem will help tackle the very real issues of pollution, illiteracy and a failing educational system.


When children are in possession of the proper tools, education becomes a more fluid, achievable concept. The desks Montachem furnishes are a foundation for learning and advancing the Haitian population and their economy.