The Challenge

The Plastic Lid Project required collection of thousands of plastic bottle lids to create a major artwork called ‘Drowning in Plastic’. The artwork, is a tangible illustration of the plastic waste epidemic in our oceans and encourages individuals to be more environmentally conscious and particularly more mindful of their plastic waste. Tomra Cleanaway as the network operator for the NSW Container Deposit Scheme were engaged to assist in collection of plastic bottle lids for the project.

The Solution

Tomra Cleanaway worked with a select team of Western Sydney University students led by Naomi Kroll, who volunteered with The Plastic Lid Project to access bottle lids at the Eastern Creek Facility. The students sorted through plastic bottles to collect lids for the project. Thousands of bottle lids were collected from the Eastern Creek facility to assist in creation of the major artwork. Collaboration between Tomra Cleanaway and The Plastic Lid Project student team has resulted in delivery of the project within timeline and availability to showcase the project in the Western Sydney community.

The Results

Thousands of plastic bottle lids were collected to create an artwork called ‘Drowning in Plastic’ highlighting the issue of plastic waste.

The Future

The Plastic Lid Project is a community engagement activity that is designed to highlight the impact of plastic waste on the environment. The project culminated in the development of a unique piece of artwork that is going on a roadshow to be displayed in public spaces such as libraries, schools, galleries and beaches to continue educating the community on the impacts of plastic waste.

In the future, the Plastic Lid Project will create additional artworks through meaningful collaborations with schools, volunteers, and community organisations.