Exmouth group to start community recycling centre

Shannon BeattiePilbara News

Exmouth will soon have its own community recycling centre with the capacity to recycle plastic waste locally and turn it into products for resale.

Cape Conservation Group recently secured $34,000 for theSalty Blue Creation Station for Ningaloo project, which will provide an opportunity for community engagement and education on living with less plastic and raising awareness on the issue of marine debris.

The group has teamed up with Salty Times for the project, which is based on the Precious Plastics model, whereby a sea container is turned into a workshop for machines that turn plastic in to products.

Cape Conservation Group president Denise Fitch said that reusing plastic was still the best bet but the project would give an alternative use to plastic that is unavoidable.

“The machines that we will be using can turn plastic in to surfboard fins or material for 3D printers,” she said.

“We’re hoping that the station and all the machines will be up and running for people to use within the next 12 months.”

The funding comes as part of the 2018 McGowan Government’s Community Grants Scheme with a total of 26 community groups, announced by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, receiving a share of $242,657.

Mr Dawson said that initiatives like these help increase awareness and education around our understanding of the benefits of waste avoidance, reuse and recycling.

“Supporting projects like this will help us to achieve the Western Australian Waste Strategy targets of diverting 50 per cent of municipal solid waste in major regional centres from landfill by 2020,” he said.

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