Circular economy - the future of industry

Circular economy - the future of industry

Aug 17
CEDA welcomes Greenbatch Chief Executive Officer, Darren Lomman for a discussion with Trustees on WA’s first plastic reprocessing plant, turning waste plastic into a valued resource.


Darren Lomman, Chief Executive Officer, Greenbatch

Event overview

Traditional commercial recycling business models struggle to compete with the affordability of virgin plastic. As such the free market has been lacking in managing the abundance of waste plastic being generated each day.

WA currently has no plastic reprocessing facilities, meaning we have zero local capacity to reprocess any of the plastic collected in our recycling bins. WA’s only options are to ship it overseas or landfill it. 

In January, China, the world’s largest importer of plastic, banned the importation of 24 types of waste including mixed plastics. Export options are now limited, and we desperately need to find innovative and sustainable solutions. 

One such solution is a Perth born social enterprise Greenbatch, taking a unique crowd sourced approach and leveraging the State Government’s incoming 10c Container Deposit Legislation to create WA’s first plastic reprocessing facility.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speaker

Darren Lomman
Chief Executive Officer, Greenbatch

At age 19, Darren created the registered charity, Dreamfit Foundation, designing and building custom engineered equipment for people with disabilities. Having completed over 1000 projects, Dreamfit has impacted over 10,000 individuals and families across Australia. In 2015 Darren handed over the reins of Dreamfit after 15 years as the CEO to a large disability organisation, leaving on ongoing legacy for the WA community.

Darren’s next venture, Greenbatch, began after researching the WA recycling industry and discovering that none of the plastic collected in WA recycling bins is reprocessed in WA. In response, Darren has set out to create WA’s first waste plastic reprocessing facility. The first project in development is turning discarded plastic beverage bottles into 3D printer filament, enabling anyone with a 3D printer to start printing using recycled plastic.

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