George Osborne

Manager, Economic Development | Hume City Council

George Osborne
Our city is strongly committed to supporting a Circular Economy. The circular economy isn’t just a waste management issue. It represents a new approach to economic development with an emphasis on resource productivity. It’s about a system change. It is about valuing commodities as highly as possible. It means that products no longer have a life cycle with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Instead, they are returned for reuse in another productive cycle. 

The City of Hume is home to many innovative companies involved in advanced materials repurposing. This sector already makes a significant economic contribution to our municipality. We are committed to supporting and growing the sector. There is no better exemplar of the circular economy in action than Close the Loop which was founded more than 20 years ago in our city. 

We are pleased to have been able to support Close the Loop by being the first council in Australia to resurface roads using the company’s expanding range of asphalt additives since 2012. Markets are needed to sustain the use and growth of recycled content. The TonerPlas 1000km Challenge is an important platform for local government to signal its commitment to the circular economy. Our council is delighted to commit to The Challenge as part of its forthcoming roads program.

Elizabeth Kasell

Founder | RED Group

Liz Kassel
RED Group is thrilled to support the 1000 kilometre TonerPlas Challenge; a genuine example of product stewardship and the circular economy in action. 

This initiative demonstrates what is possible when Australia collectively plays a role in achieving better outcomes for difficult to recycle materials, such as consumer soft plastic packaging recovered through the REDcycle Program.

Pete Shmigel

CEO | Australian Council of Recyclers

Pete Schmigel
Recycling isn’t just about collection; it’s also about making products and buying products made from recycled materials. 

It’s great to have recycling infrastructure, but the recycling industry would be nothing without desirable end products that people want to buy. Roads containing recycled plastic offers a massive opportunity in this regard. Just 1,000 kms of recycled plastic roads would double the soft plastics recycling rate in this country. 

 This challenge is a great way for councils to prove they are truly part of the circular economy. They can have their ratepayers actually driving over the efforts that they’ve made towards soft plastics recycling!

Steve Morriss

Founder | Close the Loop

Steve Morriss
We hear lots of focus and government support for building more infrastructure with no tangible action around the need to build end markets first. Waste needs to be pulled through the circular economy by strong markets, not pushed through by the need to keep more shredders and conveyors busy.

It’s no use growing successful collection programs if there is no next step. Collection is NOT recycling. Completed sales of products made from ‘waste’ is the only evidence of a successful recycling program.

Samantha Cross

Founder | Plastic Police

Samantha Cross
When it comes to managing our soft plastic “waste” materials, there are two important actions we can take right now. Firstly, reduce our soft plastic waste. Secondly, buy back recycled products. Buying recycled is essential for the recycling of soft plastic to work. 
By closing the loop on our soft plastic, we can create resilient communities, a thriving circular economy and a cleaner environment. At Plastic Police® we have an overall purpose; to tackle the soft plastic waste problem by educating and empowering organisations to act now. We are committed to helping organisations and communities across Australia implement circular economy solutions for soft plastic. 
We all have a role to play. Plastic Police® is excited to support the 1000-kilometre TonerPlas® Challenge.