Recycling 3D Printing Waste Products

If you’re a conscientious environmentalist who also enjoys 3D printing, you’ve probably lain awake pondering the environmental effects of all your discarded rafts, failed prints and other PLA waste products. PLA is not biodegradable, strictly speaking, but composting is possible. The All3DP article New Initiative Aims to Recycle PLA Waste… describes a high school student’s laudable efforts (Project PLA) to address the issue and includes a helpful overview video.

Project PLA is not the first such initiative to surface—OTS Student Computing Services (SCS) has been using Terracycle for over a year—but it represents another important step toward sustainable 3D printing.


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