John Curtin College of the Arts have utilised bins from Green Batch, the students collected PET plastic bottles that are recycled into 3D printing filaments which are then used by the school for their 3D printers. A number of schools are currently involved in the project and are taking great care and regard for the environment in doing so.
The Green Batch school recycling program works in conjunction with schools in Western Australia to recycle plastic to reuse. 3D printers are utilised largely by schools in Western Australia and contribute to a significant amount of plastic waste.
Examples of PET plastics include:
- Soft drink bottles.
- Bakery product packaging.
- Food jars.
- Frozen food packaging.
- Cosmetic packaging.
- Household cleaning products.
How to identify PET plastic:
On PET or PETE plastics, there will be a recycling symbol, with the number 1 in the symbol. This is the easiest way to decide whether or not the plastic is PET or not.
If your Roots and Shoots team (in WA) would like to participate in the Green Batch Bin project, please contact Bill, the WA coordinator to learn more.