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Newsletter 3

Newsletter 3

Issue 3 | July, 2019


Hi everyone,

Over the last few months we have been very busy working with the local community of Les Village in Northern Bali to deliver two training programsand implement their Plastic Resource Recovery program.

Sponsored by TJK Maxx and in partnership with Sea Communities, Earthwatch Australia and Professor Steve Smith, their recovery centre has affectionately been named ‘The Shruder Workshop’. The role of the machines is to recover waste plastic in the community and transform it into saleable and practical resources.

Below are a few of the highlights of our visits to Les Village that I’d like to share with you, including important visitors eager to see the program in action!


Ibu Louise Hardman (PC), Pak Gede Susila (Les Village Head) & Pak Mark Wolf (PC) preparing to meet the Governor of Bali

Preparation: Shruder Workshop

2018 Before (top left) – plastic burning at Waste site  2019 After (top right) – Plastic resources collected and sorted

The Waste facility at Les Village was setup near a river that runs down the mountain to the sea. It provided a place for people to drop and burn their plastics and organics in an open pit. In working closely with Sea Communities and educating village leaders on the toxicity of plastic fumes, it was decided that they would stop burning the plastic and start recycling instead.

Generous funding from TJK Maxx for the Plastic Collective program provided the recycling solution they needed, and the Australian Consulate in Bali granted Les Village the remaining funds to build the lockable facility to house the workshop. A roof was constructed, the burning was stopped and the Shruder workshop planning began. While Plastic Collective advised in the planning and design layout, Garri and his team got busy building.

Delivery of the Shruders

The Shruders arrived in Bali in early March, but due to delays at customs, were released 3 weeks later thanks to the tireless efforts of Garri, Mark and Louise. When finally cleared, the two Shruder machines were fitted neatly onto a shipping pallet and lifted onto the back of a small truck for the 3 hour trip from Denpasar. The machines, tools and equipment were safely delivered to the Shruder Workshop on March 25th, much to the delight of everyone!

Welcoming Ceremony

Balinese people love celebrations and we were honoured to be part of the Shruder Workshop blessings and ceremonial welcome. Beautiful traditional dance groups and an enthusiastic Gamelan band entertained while the local women arranged food and flower blessings in the workshop and on the Shruders. The local priest blessed the project managers and major stake-holders.

Blessings performed, speeches followed.  Garri Bernal, Sea Communities Co-Founder, Gede Susila (Village Chief), Louise Hardman (Plastic Collective Founder), Drew Berkel (Australian Consulate representative) and other local dignitaries gave thanks and shared words of welcome.  The day was colourful and inspiring.

Training – Collection & Sorting

With the set up of the Shruder Workshop complete and blessings received, it was time to start training. A household collection system trialed prior to our arrival provided the quantities of material we needed to get started.

Over the next 4 days we shared our knowledge of sorting and preparing of plastic materials for shredding and expanded on collection methods. We identified local challenges and provided solutions. We explored the material science of plastic, identifying the different types and learning their properties.

The crew was eager to learn the essentials of reprocessing plastic and were well prepared for the for their next stage of training.

Design, Remoulding & Sales

Our engineer Mark Wolf delivered training to the crew, covering all machinery components of the Shruder, safety compliance and operational procedures for shredding.

Louise delivered “Know your Plastics”, an essential safety component of the remoulding*  and extrusion training. The group successfully and safely created filament, moulded new items and experimented with plastic welding.

*Remoulding plastics should not be attempted without proper training

Special Guests – ATASDA 

Two inspiring groups, the Australian Textile and Surface Design Association (ATASDA) and the local Balinese women of Les, came together at Les Village (Segara Lestari) to share ideas, techniques and stories. They openly shared knowledge and explored ideas for upcyling waste into woven items, baskets and other handicrafts.

Special Guests – Consulate General
& TJK Maxx

Anthea Griffin (top left) following in the footsteps of her predecessor, Dr Helena Studdert, visited Les Village within a week of starting her new position in Bali as Australian Consulate-General. Helena was a wonderful ambassador and supporter of our program, empowering communities and protecting the environment. We are heartened by Antheas attendance and genuine interest in the program and look forward to engaging with her further.  

Jo Murphy (bottom right), from TJK Maxx, also visited Les Village, travelling all the way from the UK! We are so grateful to Jo and TJK Maxx for their generous support and sponsorship of the entire project!  Thank you for making the Shruder Workshop in Les Village a reality!

Become a Sponsor

Our Partnership Program connects communities with companies, like TJK Maxx, who are committed to supporting practical economic and environmental solutions for a healthier, cleaner world through social responsibility and sustainability goals. A sponsored Shruder program for a community like Les Village, struggling with plastic waste issues will provide the machinery, tools and educational training needed to create real economic opportunity and reduce plastic pollution in remote, disadvantaged regions.

[The Guardian] Coca-Cola Australia: World without waste

[The Guardian] Coca-Cola Australia: World without waste

The latest figures suggest that by 2050, if left unmanaged, the weight of plastic in the ocean will be more than the weight of fish. We have all seen the environmental impact: footage of floating trash islands and sea life suffocated by our rubbish.

But what if the problem isn’t actually the plastic? What if it’s the way we think about it?

A no-waste economy is possible…

[The Guardian] Coca-Cola Australia: How do we solve the plastic waste crisis?

[The Guardian] Coca-Cola Australia: How do we solve the plastic waste crisis?

The world has a plastic problem. About eight million tonnes of it ends up in the ocean every year, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch covers an estimated area the size of Queensland. So much plastic ending up where it does not belong is at the heart of the problem.

It is because of this global failure to keep plastic in its rightful place in the recycling loop that we are seeing a global push led by individuals, NGOs, governments and companies – including major players such as Coca-Cola – towards minimising single-use plastic, improving recyclability and encouraging recycling by consumers, with a view to making single-use plastic a thing of the past.

Plastic Collective Presentation for Plasticity Pacific, Fiji

Plastic Collective Presentation for Plasticity Pacific, Fiji

27th March, 2019

The 2019 Plasticity Forum attracts hundreds of innovators, businesses and policy makers who are focused on finding solutions for waste plastic and creating circular economies for Planet, People and Profit.

It was with regret that Louise was unable to attend this event in person, however in recognition of the importance of her contribution, the organizers welcomed her request to provide a video for the conference.

PC Fiji 2019 Plasticity Conference Presentation by Louise Hardman, Plastic Collective Founder. We need to change the economics of plastic.



Shruder Program delivered to Mantanani Island, Malaysia

Shruder Program delivered to Mantanani Island, Malaysia

We finally made it to Mantanani Island, 30km northwest of Sabah in Borneo. We are here to deliver our Shruder program for Reef Check Malaysia, sponsored by Coca-Cola.

The Mantanani Archipelago consists of 3 islands, the largest called Mantanani Besar (‘Big Mantanani’). The population consists of approximately 1000 Banjan Ubian locals living in 2 villages. The main economic activities here are fishing, drying salted fish and collecting shellfish.

Tourism is rapidly growing due to the popularity of the island as a snorkeling and diving destination. Currently the surrounding reefs are not gazetted as a Marine Park and the coral reefs are heavily impacted by fishing and fish bombing! Yes, that’s right, dynamite is used to blow up reefs to catch fish, an incredibly destructive practice that damages large areas of the reef around the island.

Thanks to the efforts of groups like Reef Check these practices are being phased out and the status of the coral reefs documented. Reef Check is a global network of marine scientists that survey and document coral reef health conditions, using indicator species and standardized global reporting. They work with government, private, NGO’s and community sectors for the benefit of protecting and enhancing global reefs for the future.
Their 2017 Malaysia Coral Reef report found that on Mantanani Island 42% of coral reefs are in good health, whilst the remaining 58% are considered only fair or poor.

Reef Check have been instrumental in setting up a small recycling facility on the island. Glass crushing, plastic bottle balers and now a plastic shredding and remoulding Shruder machine will help to ensure the reefs protection from plastic leakage and contribute to the long term health and recovery of the reefs.

We are very excited to meet the crew here and are looking forward to supporting a waste-free Mantanani Island and Resource Recovery program.

The Shruder Workshop is Coming to Les Village, Bali

The Shruder Workshop is Coming to Les Village, Bali

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.

Double Island Point Cleanup & Demonstration

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.


‘Shruder’ program attracts Royal interest

‘Shruder’ program attracts Royal interest

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

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.

Production of her machine is starting to ramp up and Ms Hardman said she was buoyed by the royal support.

“The latest thing that’s happened is I was invited over to a meeting in the UK with the International Sustainability Unit run by Prince Charles,” she said.

“It is the third in a series that he’s been doing based on plastic pollution and the circular economy, and how to keep plastics out of the ocean because he’s very concerned about it.”

The sustainability unit has been set up to bring businesses and environmentalists together to find solutions.

Ms Hardman said since that meeting she had started working with large organisations such as Coca-Cola and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The NSW Governor David Hurley, on a recent visit to Coffs Harbour, got to see first hand how the Shruder processed plastic waste into products such as filament wire for computers, and whipper snipper cord.

He said it was a brilliant idea and he looked forward to it going ahead.

Ms Hardman said the first machines would be rolled out at Airlie Beach next week in a partnership with Ecobarge Clean Seas.

The next opportunity would be in Bali and potentially Vanuatu — but ultimately Ms Hardman wanted many more.

“I’d like to build 100,000 machines,” she said.

“Basically there are about 4,000 islands that we’re focused on that are earning less than $5,000 a year. These 4,000 islands are in the Asia-Pacific region where 60 per cent of the world’s plastic is originating from and going into the ocean.

“There are a lot of people living on these islands and they have next to no waste collection because of their economy.”

Ms Hardman said Coca-Cola South Pacific was helping to sponsor the Whitsundays program.


By Helen Merkell

Updated 28 Feb 2018, 2:11pm

Louise Hardman March 24, 2018