The major challenge is there is presently no plastic recycling plants in operation in North Queensland. Plastic waste is currently sorted and freighted to facilities in south Queensland and further afield to be processed and in turn we then purchase the recycled items and freight them back up. This incurs freight costs and generates emissions that could be reduced or eliminated. Circular economies are a business model that need to be considered and invested in to enhance the growth and preservation of our region.
The growth of recycling infrastructure such as processing plants in our region will create opportunities to recycle high grade plastic items into products that have multiple uses.
This in turn will generate employment opportunities in the North Queensland, encourage environmental sustainability, reduce unnecessary freight costs producing a usable long lasting, environmentally friendly product and reduce the cost and carbon footprint associated with transport of goods and waste.
ReGen Plastics has developed an innovative product that will compete with cladding and structural items for the construction industry. The products will provide a recyclable plastic alternative to plywood, joists, bearers, flooring, decking and cladding products, garden beds, fencing, portable buildings, benches and bollards. Our goal is to create a more sustainable solution to excess plastics.
This goes hand in hand with plastic to help enable others to understand the difference between low grade plastic that can’t be recycled and the plastics that can be utilised as a resource.
A circular economy is a regenerative system in which resource input and waste are minimized by slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops; this can be achieved through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, recycling, and upcycling. Our proposal is to establish a plastics recycling plant within Cairns that can handle all plastics (except PET and PVC) and extrude them at the end into finished parts such as portable buildings, benches, bollard, garden beds, fencing, flooring to retail back to the consumer. This would in turn create employment opportunities in the North, encourage environmental sustainability, reduce unnecessary freight costs and produce a usable long lasting, environmentally friendly product.