Recycle3D: Saving the planet one bottle at a time

Transforming waste plastic bottles into 3D printer filament

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    pledged of £1,480

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This project received pledges on Mon 02 Apr 2018


Number of students that will benefit: 1402

Age of students: 11-18

Percentage eligible for free school meals: 8.7%


Fulford School is part of South York Multi Academy Trust with specialist status in Maths and Computing and has been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. Situated near the University of York and Fulford barracks, our creative and high-achieving school community celebrates the uniqueness and potential of each of our students.

What do you want?

As a school community we get through hundreds of plastic bottles every day. We want our students to be able to recycle this plastic into 3D printer filament that can then be used to inspire greater participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.

We've already set up a STEM club for students to learn how to design and animate 3D objects.

The next step is to purchase and assemble a multicolour 3D printer so that we can create and sell our 3D creations to raise money for charities that our students feel passionate about supporting.

The final stage is to purchase and set up a student-led recycling production line so that we can turn waste plastic bottles into 3D printer filament.

We then want to work with our feeder primary schools to establish STEM clubs and 3D printing facilities wherever there's a desire to replicate the success of this project.

Who is this for?

The people who will benefit most from this project are the 20 students who come to STEM club who will assemble the 3D printer and establish the recycling production line. This club was set up to inspire more people (girls particularly) to get involved in STEM careers.

The rest of our school community will benefit from having access to a multicolour 3D printer. For example, in D&T lessons we can design, create and sell 3D merchandise to raise money for charitable causes or in Science we can use high quality student designed 3D models to make learning difficult topics more visually accessible, engaging and memorable.

Finally, all of us will benefit as we make a small step towards helping the whole planet by reducing the amount of plastic that we put into landfill.

Why do you want it?

Our students were challenged to do more to recycle our waste plastic after seeing the powerful BBC footage of man-made plastic debris clogging up the oceans and threatening wildlife around the planet. Since China stopped accepting shipments of waste plastic from the UK at the start of 2018, we need to ensure we have a more effective and sustainable way of recycling the plastic we use in this country. I want my students to know that their actions - however small - can have a significant positive impact on the world around them.

I want every student - regardless of background or gender - to know that an exciting career awaits them if they can channel their creativity and skills into STEM subjects in school.

By seeing their creative designs realised in 3D, I want students to realise that anything is possible, that education is the most effective tool with which they can change the world. I want them to save the planet one bottle at a time.


1 x DIY 3D Printer Kit @ £224.84

5 x filament (mix of colours) @ £25.44 = £127.20

1 x NozTek Pro Filament Extruder @ £1,073.94 + £24.95 delivery

Subtotal: £1,450.93

Credit card fees (2%): £29.02

Grand total: £1,479.95

HElp us reach our target!

Thanks for taking the time to view this project proposal. Please donate or share with your friends, family or contacts to help us spread the word and reach our funding target. We look forward to showing you all the 3D products we've designed and printed.