The innovative Plastic Police® Model attempts to close the loop on wasted resources. Plastic Police® Partnerships engages local communities, including schools, businesses, councils and other program partners. This is a social enterprise initiative and shared value program to develop more sustainable communities.
Soft plastics currently have very low rates of recycling and are a significant contributor to landfill volumes and environmental pollution throughout our communities. Soft plastic litter negatively impacts the land and marine environments.
Plastic Police® Partnerships closes the loop on soft plastics and optimises the recovery and utilisation of problematic (non-recycled) soft plastic films into value-added materials and products.
The program also provides valuable data on the volume and generation of soft plastic waste and this can inform future initiatives to reduce waste, reduce litter and foster sustainable behaviour change. It is a program that can offer local solutions.
No litter, no landfill…turn your waste plastic into furniture and equipment that can go back into your community. If you can scrunch it you can save it through Plastic Police® Partnerships.
How can Council support?
Council can support this exciting initiative by becoming a member of the program. They can also play an important part by providing a facility to collect, store and bale the recovered soft plastics until they can be processed into useful products and equipment for community and infrastructure projects. In addition Council can assist with the education program in local schools and the community.
What are the benefits for Council?
- Strong community engagement and supporting local schools
- Education and positive behaviour change throughout the community
- Supports marine debris and local litter reduction initiatives
- Procure products made from community recycled plastic for asset replacement, maintenance and infrastructure projects.
- Reduced waste to landfill and lower landfill costs.
- Assist council in meeting recycling targets and reporting outcomes
- Provides a solution for a problematic waste stream
- Public place recycling opportunity
- Local employment opportunities
- Acknowledged on Plastic Police® website and social media
How can Businesses support?
Local businesses can support this exciting initiative by becoming a member of the program.
Your involvement will support the recycling of soft plastics at a local school/s or you could sponsor a community project to engage further with your customers and the local community. Schools that participate in the program have the opportunity to receive outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic.
The program will allow you to reduce your business’ waste disposal costs and the environmental impact of soft plastic in the community.
Collect your business’ soft plastic packaging waste and engage further with your staff and customers, by providing a collection point at your business for household clean, soft plastic.
What are the benefits for your Business?
- Community engagement opportunity with local schools, customers, staff and social enterprise
- Reduced waste disposal costs
- Being part of a solution for problematic soft plastic packaging
- Improved sustainability and social outcomes for your business
- Good news stories to share
- Acknowledged on Plastic Police® website and social media
How can Schools participate?
Schools can incorporate the Plastic Police® Partnership Program as part of their school recycling, education and community engagement activities.
This program offers an additional opportunity for schools to strengthen family and community engagement.
The program provides each school with the necessary tools , support and equipment to engage the school community to recycle clean, soft plastic currently not able to be recycled through traditional kerbside recycling.
Outcomes from the program can be measured and communicate to promote successful outcomes and foster further engagement.
What are the benefits for your School?
- Strong engagement with the local community
- Reduced litter on school grounds and behavioural change
- Incorporate program activities, learnings and outcomes when teaching sustainability across the curriculum
- Less waste to landfill and other environmental outcomes
- Collected material can be transformed into outdoor furniture and other useful equipment that comes back to the school/community.
- Acknowledgement of your school’s participation
How can Patrons support Plastic Police?
Soft plastic waste is a significant problem facing modern society. Plastic Police® Partnerships is addressing this issue by creating a local community engagement model to collect, recycle and reuse soft plastics that end up in landfill or are polluting our local land and marine environments.
By signing up as a Patron of Plastic Police® Partnerships you can support the roll out of the program at a state wide level. The program has the capacity to build resilient and sustainable communities and is about shared purpose and shared responsibility.
Your membership fee, and in kind support, will contribute directly to the program being implemented throughout communities.
Patrons can also contribute to the program by leveraging their professional and business networks to promote Plastic Police® and encourage others to support this community engagement and recycling initiative.
What are the benefits for Patrons?
- New model for community engagement
- Complements existing state-wide programs to achieve litter reduction and recycling targets
- Supports educational and sustainability initiatives
- Social Enterprise and shared value outcomes
- Acknowledgement of support
How can Program Partners support Plastic Police?
The program provides it’s partners and supporters with increased collaboration opportunities and is focussed on shared purpose and shared responsibility. It is a model that complements other initiatives to reduce the impact of soft plastic packaging waste. Program Partners can engage and collaborate to provide in kind support, funding, promote the program, provide educational service or additional services to achieve shared value outcomes.
Closing the loop with soft plastics relies on engagement, collection, baling, logistics, manufacturing, procurement as well as many other program support activities. Partnering with Plastic Police® will allow the program to be delivered to additional local schools and communities. There will be greater engagement opportunities with your customers or stakeholder groups.
What are the benefits for Program Partners?
- Supporting this initiative will significantly reduce the impact of soft plastic waste on the local land and marine environment
- Collaboration and cross promotion of your services with other Plastic Police® partners and communities
- Demonstrated extended producer responsible action.
- Be part of an innovative solution that addresses a growing community concern.
- Reciprocal promotion on website and social media of partner organisations and Plastic Police® Partnership
- Support social enterprise and not for profit businesses