Undoubtedly the concept of a circular economy, where producers restore used resources to manufacture products that can be reused multiple times, is an excellent idea.
But converting this idea from a concept to reality needs such great generosity and combined effort from producers and consumers, that has low chances of occurrence
The director of Sustaining Endeavour, Uma Preston has made a representative for the circular economy in South Australia’s huge wine industry
The main problem faced by wine industries is not knowing how to utilize the used plastic.
Preston has formed a network of grape plantations, local machinery storehouses, plastic recyclers, and producers to coverts the drip tube which goes into dump into usable products.
As Preston stated, in this domestic circular economy, plastic resources are given great importance and are continuously recycled to be used again and again. This is opposite to the linear economies where the final product is dumped into landfills after it is no longer of use.
Until now approximately 1500 km of dripper lines have been reprocessed into 110 tonnes of new plastic resin by Recycling Plastics Australia‘s Kilburn plant.
According to vineyards, the resin is used to make the following:
- Netafim’s LDPE Pipe, which is an Ultraviolet and acid defiant, and is made of finest resins and recycled dripper lines.
- Wood shield Posts, which are used in the Viticulture, Aquaculture, Equine, and Agri industries.
Preston stated, the main goal now is to spread awareness among growers about the recycling process, to get them attracted to Sustaining Endeavour’s circular economy and to gain encouragement for the products made by recycled resin.
Preston’s work was highly appreciated. Now growers hire a special re-coiling machine by the Recycling Infrastructure Grant, from the local shops and pile up the drip tube to transfer it to Adelaide.