What We Do

WHAT WE DO

We are co-op of businesses and individuals driving the development of ‘waste’ plastic remanufacturing and inspiring change through community education. We pride ourselves on increasing awareness and local community ownership of our plastic ‘waste’, rescuing bottle lids and other hard-to-recycle small plastics from landfill. We exist to achieve the four pillars described below:

Local 'Waste' Collection

Encourage local businesses to collect their own lids by providing a localised collection point for convenience, ultimately reducing carbon footprints in shipping and logistics

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Share Knowledge

Host community demonstrations including school excursions and public workshops with focus on circular economy and waste minimisation principals to encourage community action

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Remanufacture 'Waste' Plastic

Make viable, useful products available for purchase to broader community and educational faculties. Make and supply currently mass-produced products locally to replace their virgin imports

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Inspire Innovation

Share and sell raw, sheet and beam plastic to schools and community members as a design resource for use in the development and manufacture of new and redesigned (innovative) products

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HOW WE DO IT

Rethink Recycling Co-op Centres

(RRC Centres)

We are currently working to establish hard-to-recycle plastic waste collection, processing and remanufacturing points, facilitating community involvement with those members from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We strive to close the loop by providing community support, resources, and connection for projects and businesses who are passionate about ‘rethinking’ their consumption and production habits.


Who

A co-branded, Rethink Recycling Co-op workspace and community learning centre.

A space operated by RRC for the community.



Where

Rethink Recycling Co-op Centers are currently Victorian-based with a vision to expand to local communities Australia-wide.


What

Our centres are a workspace that will serve as a collection point for plastic lids amongst other hard-to-recycle plastic items, and a place to process this plastic into new products using versions of the Precious Plastic machines that are redesigned to be school-safe and Australian certified. Machines that will be at the centre include washer, shredder, extruder, injection moulder, and sheet press.
Spaces that provide general awareness and education via workshops and demonstrations within municipalities. These will be focused around circular economy and waste minimisation principles to encourage community action on climate change.

Who

A co-branded, Rethink Recycling Co-op workspace and community learning centre.

A space operated by RRC for the community.

Where

Rethink Recycling Co-op Centers are currently Victorian-based with a vision to expand to local communities Australia-wide.

What

Our centres are a workspace that will serve as a collection point for plastic lids amongst other hard-to-recycle plastic items, and a place to process this plastic into new products using versions of the Precious Plastic machines that are redesigned to be school-safe and Australian certified. Machines that will be at the centre include washer, shredder, extruder, injection moulder, and sheet press.

Spaces that provide general awareness and education via workshops and demonstrations within municipalities. These will be focused around circular economy and waste minimisation principles to encourage community action on climate change

Education Programs

We will work to fund and facilitate mobile and interactive education programs for schools and communities using precious plastic machine guidelines and principles, with focus on responsible consumption practices via the R’s. Through our supply of ground, sheet and beam plastic for experimental product design, we aim to promote waste as a resource for responsible production.


Who

School-based children (primary & secondary)
Universities
Communities



Where

Schools, festivals, summits, expos, community events, webinars, etc.


What

  • Provide interactive mobile program with all-in-one plastic processing ability
  • Outline idea of circular economy and how to ‘close the loop’
  • Educate on individual consumer-level lifestyle changes that can be undertaken
  • Rethink the way we consume, what we consume, and how we deal with waste
  • Offer internships and work-integrated learning program
  • Implement plastic workspaces into curriculum

Who

School-based children (primary & secondary)

Universities

Communities

Where

Schools, festivals, summits, expos, community events, webinars, etc.

What

  • Provide interactive mobile program with all-in-one plastic processing ability
  • Outline idea of circular economy and how to ‘close the loop’
  • Educate on individual consumer-level lifestyle changes that can be undertaken
  • Rethink the way we consume, what we consume, and how we deal with waste
  • Offer internships and work-integrated learning programs
  • Implement plastic workspaces into curriculum
Digital Resources

Continuing the education and recycling efforts online by providing educational resources and tools to the community, promotion of and collaboration with co-op members’ businesses and products, and exclusive member access for support and connection. This will be a ‘one stop portal” for everything recycling and sustainable.