Robe's Brad Scott creates with recyclables

Robe's Brad Scott has been taking recyclables and turning them into products to sell through his business in town.

Brad's recycled products range from bowls made out of bread tags to doorknobs which are made out of a range of different waste plastics.

He uses machinery that he's made himself to create the products.

Brad recycles polystyrene as well as all other plastics, with the process using four different machines including a shredder, an injection moulder, a compression machine and an extrusion machine.

Brad went through the process he follows to make the products, explaining to the Leader how he's developed the different doorknobs.

"Once we shred the plastics, we use the injection moulder to do stuff with that product," Brad explained.

"The grey doorknobs are being made out of styrofoam, the black knobs are made out of CD cases and the different coloured ones are the tags off of the bread."

Brad stamps all of his products, ensuring that people know what the product core materials are so they can be recycled again in the future.

"These bowls are made out of about 1870 bread tags," he said. "In the shop, I've got products from all over Australia. We've got recycled tyres that have been made into mats and recycled plastic for these mats as well as products made from cork, ring pull and truck tarps which have been used to make the hats."

Brad also has a line of yoga pants and swimwear in his store which are all made out of "ghost nets," retrieved from the beach.

Brad explained that he learnt how to make the recyclable products and his machinery by watching tutorials on Youtube and following the Precious Plastic Project started by Dave Haakens in the Netherlands.

Brad has also had the Robe Men's Shed members help with sorting out the recyclables as well as senior citizen groups in Adelaide who have been sorting bread tags and sending them his way to use.

The local businessman is new to town, having moved to Robe from Brisbane with his wife after travelling around Australia for 18 months, with his past profession having little in common with his current endeavours.

"I had my own company and I used to do business turnarounds since 2001 for big transport companies," he said. "I sold the house once our kids had left."

A self-taught sustainability expert, Brad previously travelled around the country with his wife before making the decision to move to Robe after two years.

"My wife said when we stop, I will go and get a full-time job and you can go and do something that you have always wanted to do."

Brad gave his next move a lot of thought, believing that his current business is a part of a future industry, with Australia needing to do something urgently about waste.

Having the recycling depot next door has been a huge bonus for Brad, with the two businesses complementing each other.