One of the region’s most proactive sustainability initiatives is shutting down due to long-term challenges finding a permanent home. Precious Plastics Margaret River frontwoman Narelle Kuppers confirmed her passion project, which recycles plastics such as milk bottle lids often skipped in regular services and turns them into useful items, is closing down with a major fire sale yet to be confirmed. Ms Kuppers told the Times she would take a break and reassess the project’s future. Although she’d sought help from the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River for a permanent base – shifting twice in as many years – there weren’t any suitable premises affordable to a grassroots start-up. “It comes back to Federal and State Government not making it a priority or providing funding or help to employ people for these grassroot recycling organisations,” she said. The not-for-profit, volunteer-run group was held up as a prime example of the “circular economy” championed by the Shire and Ms Kuppers estimated about 7.5 tonnes of plastic were saved from landfill during the past four years. “Throughout the years, we have held free school education excursions, we take the high school students that struggle with things like ‘work experience’ for weekly sessions, we have people with special needs come in with their carers and colour-sort plastic, we go to aged-care facilities and hold colour-sorting sessions,” she told the Times. “There are minority groups within our community that benefit from our organisation. It’s not just the recycling aspect that will be lost.” However, it proved impossible to continue without a base to meet volunteers and undertake the actual work. And Ms Kuppers said it was exhausting to be on the move so often, thwarting any expansion plans for the enterprise. A final sale date would be announced in coming weeks.