Last week (Week 1) we started to collect our plastic waste and put it aside rather than put it in our recycling bin. We managed to collect a surprising amount of plastic waste in a relatively short amount of time. The volume of waste in our recycling bin was massively reduced as a result. We also noticed that the amount of rubbish in our general rubbish bin was reduced by half as well. The reason for this is that there is a lot of plastic packaging that cannot be recycled, or more accurately is not accepted for recycling by our local council.

Whilst we get everything up and running here on the website, we've decided to document our own experience so that it can be used to help create the website material as we progress through the various stages of the project. It will also help us test the viability of the project and iron out any bugs or issues we may come across. 

The South Australian government will loan $3 million to reboot a plastics recycling business to ease the stress of kerbside collectors.

The South Australian government will loan $3 million to a local plastics recycling business to ease the stress of kerbside collectors.

The money will boost the redevelopment of the Recycling Plastics Australia business in Adelaide into an export-ready facility.

RPA processes low-grade waste and turns it into granules which can be reprocessed into industrial products.

The funding will be added to RPA's $9.5 million investment in advanced manufacturing and sorting equipment.

General manager Stephen Scherer says China's ban on taking recycling from Australia has put the kerbside collection system and recycling under extreme stress.

"This initiative provides an outlet for 25,000 tons of mixed plastic that's been stockpiled or landfilled," he said.

China's ban limited the type and quality of plastic it accepted.

But the state government said the South-East Asian market had a shortage of certain plastics as raw materials.

RPA aims to reprocess waste plastic into those raw minerals in a market-ready form.

 

Who are we?

Nurdle.org is a not-for-profit initiative that has been created to help raise awareness in plastics pollution and work towards a circular economy by promoting sustainable recycling opportunities.

Our main focus is in providing free tools and resources that can be used by teachers, parents and organisations to engage and educate children of all ages. 

 

What do we do?

Our current strategy is to provide educational material and access to portable recycling equipment to allow participants to engage in STEM activities that demonstrate plastics reuse and recycling. By being directly involved in these hands-on activities, participants gain a greater understanding of plastics usage and recycling, as well as how plastics relate to everyday life. This knowledge can then underpin future activities and promote positive behaviours relating to plastics usage.