NATIMUK will soon have its very own recycling plant to convert used plastic into something brand new.
Arapiles Theatre Group received a $13,856 grant through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal to fund a small recycling plant, 3D printers and laser cutters for a new project.
Local artists and community members will be able to produce art or functional items, such as replacement parts for agricultural equipment, using the plastic and 3D printers.
ACT Natimuk secretary Dave Jones said the group had collaboration with Natimuk Primary School.
“We want to promote the idea that plastic is a useful commodity and can be made into anything. There are so many things you can make with 3D printers,” he said.
“The project will be initially based at the school as a pilot program, but we want the wider community to access it.”
He said the results of the project might feed into next year’s Nati Frinj Biennale, due to be held in November.
Natimuk Primary School principal Ingrid Clarkson said the project would be a part of its 2019 curriculum.
She said it would help the students better understand the benefits of recycling.
“It puts recycling into some perspective and gives it purpose – they can collect plastics and turn them into something that can be more useful,” she said.
“We will look into what the objects will be and hopefully the students will come up with their own ideas.”