Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Western Endeavour - Issue No.: 898 Issue Date: 16 Feb, 2020

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Rotary Wheel made from recycled plastic bottles


At our joint meeting with the Rotary Club of West Perth we heard from one young man who is committed to doing something about this problem.  Darren Lomman sold his house to back a project he has developed to address the plethora of plastic polluting our planet. 

GreenBatch is working toward building WA's first plastic reprocessing plant, turning the PET plastic bottles we put in our recycling bins into 3D printing filament. 70% of high schools already have 3D printers. GreenBatch Schools Recycling Program will feed their 3D printers with filament which was once waste plastic. This puts the power of recycling into the hands of schools and their students. To do this they will install plastic collection points in 50 pilot schools across WA and provide recycling education. Their team will pick up the waste plastic collected by the students and bring it back to their factory, turning it into 3D printer filament. This is then given back to the schools to be used in student’s projects. Underpinning this program is WA’s brand new adoption of the 10c Container Deposit Scheme which is being rolled out soon. This exciting advancement for Western Australia will ensure they can run this program sustainably into the future.  

Darren is very keen to have Rotary partner with this project and is looking for donations of $5,000 from clubs to contribute to the $150,000 required to buy the equipment required.  I think this is a fantastic initiative.  What about you?  If you want to read more about this, use this link.

Author: Jane O'Leary

Published: 27 May, 2018


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