Plastic people back in shape

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Precious Plastic Margaret River's Narelle Kuppers is calling for more volunteers to help with community recycling efforts.
Camera IconPrecious Plastic Margaret River's Narelle Kuppers is calling for more volunteers to help with community recycling efforts. Credit: Warren Hately

A volunteer group offering tangible reuse of wasteful plastics is back in business at its new home in Margaret River’s light industrial area but helpers are needed.

After disruptions during recent months in relocating from its Cowaramup base, Precious Plastic Margaret River, which started in 2018, this week announced it was welcoming volunteers — particularly local groups who wanted to get involved — back into the shed to help sort disposable plastics.

Co-founder Narelle Kuppers, pictured, said Precious Plastics still hoped to work with the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River to secure an even more permanent base because the space in the LIA was smaller than at its old home.

Also, the group had more machinery on the way, putting the squeeze on even further.

“It’s small, but it (the new shed) looks a lot more professional because we’ve had to compact it all in,” she said. “If we could get a couple of local groups to get on board and regularly help us out that would be great.

“We can go and teach them how to sort the plastics or individual volunteers can come to the shed.”

Last year, Precious Plastics hosted high school students for classes, offered practical solutions to the fight against climate change, and heldplastic-sorting therapy sessions for special needs residents and people in aged care homes. The classes also addressed misinformation on recycling and focused on how to stop plastics entering landfill.

The group turns small unwanted plastic items such as bottle lids into functional permanent items including colourful bowls and plant pots.

“We attend local festivals to reach out to the community and show what can be done with single-use plastic,” Ms Kuppers said. “We also sell items that replace single-use plastic at these events to raise money to build more machines.” She noted plastic lids and similar small items were not recycled from residents’ kerb collection due to their size and falling through industrial recycling machinery.

To get involved, email or call 0422 973 390.

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