Plastic solution project (PSP) aims to deliver a streamlined, in-house processing method for recycling and repurposing plastics on campus. Students will use key equipment: a shredder, an extruder, and some moulds. The project aims to process up to 250kg of plastic a week, which will be sourced from a variety of places including cafes and other locations on campus, the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and students’ own homes
The plastic will be repurposed into a selection of products, including wall clocks, worm farms, plastic bricks, garden beds and more. Students will do all the repurposing themselves in a dedicated space on campus. It is hoped that revenue generated from the sale of these products will be able to be reinvested back into infrastructure that would allow for a higher rate of processing.
PSP has been a vehicle for students to act on their strong moral purpose to make the university community better by repurposing plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill. Their actions will directly help to protect the environment. Students have used PSP as a platform to inform, raise awareness and educate the community about the plastic waste problem.
PSP was showcased at the last Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series on planetary health, and was the winner of the Student Innovation Award in 2020, and Protecting Country Award in 2022.