NEDLANDS resident Darren Lomman has sold his house and quit his job to launch WA’s first plastic reprocessing facility.
Lomman is the founder of GreenBatch, an organisation giving waste plastic a new life.
The father of one said he made a significant turning point to get his plastic reprocessing plant set for an official opening next year.
“I pivoted in my past life as I was designing and modifying equipment for people with disabilities,” he said.
He said a TV ad sparked his interest in changing WA’s recycling scene.
“I saw a TV advertisement before Christmas in 2016 where a narrator said that by 2050 there would be more plastic in the ocean than fish,” he said.
“I got curious so I googled it and I stumbled upon international science research and discovered we have zero reprocessing here in WA.”
Lomman said he pulled together a team, launched one of WA’s biggest crowd funding campaigns in October last year, sold his house and quit his job to create the facility.
“After two years of research, investigating, developing a network of support and engaging with all stakeholders, it’s getting to an interesting tipping point,” he said.
“We secured UWA as a partner and they gave us a building to home the facility in Shenton Park, without having to pay rent, an engineering and gas company came on board as well as Water Corporation.
“We also have about 168 schools on our waitlist to collect plastic ready to be reprocessed.”
Lomman said the facility will allow the conversion of waste plastic to 3D printer filament, and allow the production of products to be made out of recycled plastic.
He will present his very first TEDxUWA talk this October at UWA’s Octagon Theatre to discuss his new initiative.
WHERE: UWA’s Octagon Theatre.
WHEN: Saturday October 13, 10am to 4pm.
COST: Ticket prices vary. Go to https://bit.ly/2O1aXmW