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Published 12th April 2017

Plastic Forests has developed a revolutionary dry cleaning process whereby plastic used in agriculture and food industries is cleaned without using water.

Please read the full article at The Herald Sun by clicking the link on the right.

A VICTORIAN company “dry cleaning” contaminated plastic destined for landfill has been declared one of the 20 businesses of the future.

Plastic Forests, based in Strathmerton, 250km north of Melbourne, was named one of Westpac’s Businesses of Tomorrow, short-listed from 200 businesses.

It was timed to coincide with Westpac’s 200th anniversary this month.

Plastic Forests has developed a revolutionary dry cleaning process whereby plastic used in agriculture and food industries is cleaned without using water.

Plastic Forests managing director David Hodge said that after years of research the company was commercialising a unique process that extracted contaminated polyolefins or PE plastic films, which are not currently recycled.

They are then turned into film to be used in a range of recycled plastic products.

Plastic Forests, which also has a factory in Sydney’s west, sells recycled products such as underground cable covers, garden edging and resin pellets, all under the Green Mongrel brand.

The underground cable cover is being in the National Broadband Network rollout.

Mr Hodge said, until their innovation, there had been no commercial alternative for this contaminated plastic film, which has typically carried foodstuffs. but to bury it or burn it. Plastic film is difficult to recycle. Globally, only 14% of plastic packaging is recycled.

“Plastic Forests is enabling Australian food manufacturers and agriculture to divert thousands of tonnes of dirty plastic film, used in their production process, away from landfill and into sustainable new products,” Mr Hodge said.

“Our process cleans it without water, a major benefit in a world without enough freshwater.”

He said an investment in a “supersite” in Albury NSW would enable the business to further expand.

“It will allow us to … manufacture additional products, like garbage bags, for our customers, made from their own plastic waste, thus completing the 360° economy.”

Mr Hodge said winning the award recognised his team’s passion for making the world a better place.

The company has shared in grants from the NSW Government worth up to $800,000. Westpac Bank began as the Bank of New South Wales. – David Hodge ,


Alistair McCaskill from The Switch Report has written an in-depth article on Plastic Forests; Plastic Forests: A Green Mongrel In The Recycling World.

Please read the full article at The Switch Report by clicking the link on the right.

This was the problem that David Hodge and his team at Plastic Forests set out to solve. No strangers to developing recycling solutions for other types of waste, they sought to develop a dry cleaning process. It turned out that cleaning contaminated plastic films was the hardest problem they had ever confronted. “It’s like trying to herd cats on speed,” – Alistair McCaskill ,

One of the Top Five Stories of 2014

A big thanks to Eco-Business for listing Plastic Forests as one of the top five Waste Management stories of 2014. Dedication, hard work and a passion for recycling has got us to where we are today!

We look forward to continuing to develop our existing technologies and innovate new ways to divert more plastic from landfill from a larger range of industries.

Plastic Forests, an innovative new firm in Australia, has launched a world-first processing plant that upcycles plastic film, including shopping bags and packaging films. – Medilyn Manibo ,

An Interview with The Fifth Estate

David Hodge, the Director of plastic Forests, recently had a great chat with Willow Aliento of The Fifth Estate.

The Fifth Estate is one of Australia’s leading business newspaper for the sustainable built environment and the people and issues that surround it.

Click on the link on the right to read the full interview and join the discussion.

There’s an elephant in the room of the waste-to-energy industry: the majority of megawatts generated still come from burning fossil fuels, in the form of plastics, according to director and co-founder of Plastic Forests, David Hodge, who will be a panellist at the Australian Waste and Recycling Expo this week in Sydney. – Willow Aliento

Plastic Forests’ on Kochie’s Business Builders

Plastic Forests’s Managing Director; David Hodge, appeared on Kochie’s Business Builders programme which aired on the 1st of December 2013.

We would like to thank the programme for all their help and advice. You can see the full interview below.

We would encourage any new business’s to have a look at Kochie’s Business Builders website for some great information and useful advice.