The Shruder Workshop is Coming to Les Village, Bali

29th January, 2019


The Tempat Pembuangan Sampah Terpadu (TPST) or Waste Management Facility of Les Village is undergoing transformation into a village-scale plastic recycling and upcycling educational center. First comes the construction of a machine room that will house the Shruder, a plastic shredding and extruding machine. Up next are construction of the bale, a wooden platform for workshops and presentations, installation of water tower and piping, and renovation of TPST office.

This project is a collaboration between: Plastic Collective led by Louise Hardman who invented the Shruder and will lead in technical training and plastic/waste mgt education of village stakeholders. Earthwatch Australia who will lead in monitoring and research work in coordination with Prof. Steve Smith of National Marine Science Center. TK Maxx who provided the funding for the acquisition of the machines, training and product development, and monitoring and research work.

The Australian Embassy - Jakarta, Indonesia through the Direct Aid Program-Bali who provided the funding for the renovation of the TPST. Desa Les through BUMDES Segara Lestari who will own and operate the workshop. Sea Communities who partnered with BUMDES in bringing the program to Les and leads in community organizing and awareness raising and in creating and marketing education programs centered on the workshop.

Launching of the Shruder Workshop is set on February 21, 2019.

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Double Island Point Cleanup & demonstration

11th-13th May, 2018.  Hosted by Surfrider Sunshine Coast

Twice a year, Surfrider Sunshine coast host a beach cleanup on the remote Double Island Beach, north of Noosa.  This year they invited Plastic Collective to demonstrate the Shruder off-grid under a tent and on the sand. Louise demonstrates how the Shruder works and how people can create a closed loop economy by working with Collectors- Transformers-Creators.  200 people collected over 1.5 Tonnes of discarded plastic in 1 day! Awesome effort everyone!! Thanks Surfriders, Ocean Crusaders, Cleanwater Group and Piping Hot for your support.

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Pilot Training with Ecobarge Clean Seas

28th February, 2018. Whitsunday Islands. Qld


Our first Shruder training days - Empower and Innovate - was held at Ecobarge Clean Seas newly renovated ‘Ocean Trash Recycling Shack’, Airlie Beach Whitsundays.

This inspiring and dedicated team, guided by Libby Edge and Fiona Broadbent, and their wonderful volunteers - remove trash from the stunning Whitsunday Islands in a barge.

To date Ecobarge crew have collected over 175 Tonnes in a few years.   They also operate a turtle rescue center, where over 80 marine turtles have been rescued so far. 

On top of all this great work, they are also building an environmental education center for schools and groups to learn about plastic pollution and how to keep our wildlife and oceans safe. 

The addition of the Shruder program will be incorporated as full circular economy model, where they can recycle their ocean waste as well as their own household materials.

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NSW Governor meets Plastic Collective Crew

22nd Februrary, 2018.  Coffs Harbour, NSW

Photo: (L-R) Mark Wolf (CTO), Louise Hardman (CEO), Mrs Hurley & Hon. David Hurley.

Photo: (L-R) Mark Wolf (CTO), Louise Hardman (CEO), Mrs Hurley & Hon. David Hurley.

His Excellency, Hon David Hurley and his wife, Mrs Hurley were hosted for 2 hours by Coffs Harbour business Plastic Collective on Thursday.  

Louise Hardman, Founder of Plastic Collective, presented and demonstrated the training programs and machinery which are recycling waste plastics into resources for communities. 

While Mark Wolf, Chief Engineer, explained all the unique adaptations and features of the Shruder machine and why it was a much-needed application for remote areas.

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Hon. Hurley and Mrs Hurley were fascinated with the Shruder machinery, even shredding bottles caps while Louise demonstrated the remoulding of the processed bottlecaps.

They described the entire Shruder program as 'a brilliant idea'.  Mrs Hurley, herself a keen recycler was keen to learn about all aspects of the program.  Finishing the day off with an inspirational sing-along.

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'Shruder' program attracts royal interest

31st January, 2018. London, UK. (International Sustainability Unit)

Photo: Louise Hardman meets Prince Charles at the ISU meeting. (Photo: ISU)

Photo: Louise Hardman meets Prince Charles at the ISU meeting. (Photo: ISU)

A machine which shreds and extrudes marine plastic into usable items is attracting high-level international interest — including from Prince Charles.

The 'shruder' is the invention of Louise Hardman, a Coffs Harbour-based environmental scientist and teacher.

Founder of the Plastic Collective Ms Hardman said it was vital to try to turn back the tide of marine pollution in the Asia-Pacific region.

"By 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish," Ms Hardman said.

Ms Hardman has just returned from a successful trip to London at the request of the Prince of Wales for his International Sustainability Unit meeting on Plastic Pollution & The Circular Economy.

Louise HardmanComment
Plastic Collective invited to Vanuatu


Transforming Plastic Waste in Vanuatu

In August 2017, local company and Pacific Mini games Platinum Sponsor Azure Pure Water launched its “Give Me 5” bottle buy back and recycling scheme. Recognising that waste management and plastic disposal in Vanuatu is a challenge, the company shouldered its responsibility as a manufacturer in Vanuatu and has been working to provide a viable and sustainable solution for the management of the plastic waste which they produce within the unique Vanuatu context.

Dianne Hardman
Partnering with NevHouse

Plastic Collective is excited to announce that we are partnering with NevHouse! 

NevHouse was founded by Nev Hyman, an entrepreneur with a passion for surfing. With success in the surfboard industry, Nev is now giving back to communities around the world by providing sustainable housing.  



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Helping Pacific communities recycle plastic

A MARINE turtle that died after ingesting more than 15 types of plastic in Wooli River, gave local woman Louise Hardman the motivation and determination to do something about ocean debris. 

Louise's current mission is to empower communities to clean up plastic materials from the Pacific Ocean coastlines. So she founded 'The Pacific Collective' - a business to produce machines that recycle, remould and repurpose plastic waste.

Read the full news article here

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Pacific Collective cleans up #startupcoffscoast

GRAND PRIZE WINNER – Louise Hardman, The Pacific Collective (Now known as Plastic Collective)

A passionate scientist, educator and now entrepreneur who has been working on creating ‘The Shruder’ over the past 18 months. The Shruder is a small scale, mobile plastic shredding and extruder all-in-one machine. The small scale and mobility of it allows it to be used in remote locations with a focus on the Pacific Island communities where waste plastics is a huge problem both from being washed up and also from post consumer waste. With the help of The Pacific Collective these communities will be able to take plastic waste and turn it into valuable products they can use themselves, or sell and create incomes.

Read the full article here

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Coffs TV - The Pacific Collective

Kerry Hines interview Louise Hardman, the founder of The Pacific Collective, a brilliant Coffs Coast Eco Business trying to put an end to the amount of waste plastics in our environment, using new recycling methods.

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