New tech tackles plastic farm waste – AustraliaPosted on June 7, 2023 by DrRossH in Plastic Recycling
La Trobe University researchers will investigate how plastic farm waste can be recycled as part of a new partnership.
La Trobe University researchers will investigate how plastic farm waste can be recycled as part of a new partnership with Victorian start-up company Ritchie Technology (RTec)
Using Rtec’s technology, plastics such as baling twine, nets, covers and fertiliser bags will be melted down and used to make products such as fence posts and shipping pallets, which will then be tested by La Trobe experts for end-market use.
Associate Professor Ing Kong, Lead Researcher at La Trobe University, said the project could offer a solution to Australia’s current recycling crisis, helping move Victoria a step closer to a circular economy.
“This technology can take plastic that we previously sent off-shore for processing, melt it down locally and extrude something we can use to make new products,” Kong said.
As long as the councils or govt are not paying for the collection costs for this material. That should be borne by the plastic item suppliers.