The Problem

Virtually no residential recycling centers in the United States accept 3D printing waste.

The Solution

Project PLA connects you to the niche recycling companies in the United States that accept 3D printing waste!

About us

3d printing is an amazing piece of technology! However, 3d printing creates a lot of waste. The problem with 3d printing is that it uses plastics that aren't typically accepted by your local recycler. In fact, virtually no residential recycling facility accepts these types of 3d printing plastics. The common 3d printing plastics, PLA, ABS, and PETG, are all classified as "type seven" plastics, or the "other" plastics which recycling facilities do not take. 

If you are throwing your 3d printing waste in the recycling bin, stop! It is definitely not being recycled. In fact, it is contaminating the other recyclables for the recycling center. The recycling center sorts out these plastics from the other actually recyclable plastics and throws them out.

Project PLA was created as a solution to this problem. Our mission is to educate people on the reality of recycling your 3d printing waste and to provide a simple, easy and cost-effective solution. Project PLA  aims to solve the problem of properly recycling your 3d printing waste.

We simply ship you a folded up box, that you put your 3d printing waste in and ship back to us! It's that simple! We then aggregate this waste and ship it off to the proper recycling facilities. Project PLA connects you to the proper recycling facilities for your 3d printing waste.

With your help, we can all fight climate change and the waste crisis by properly recycling more of our waste, including 3d printing waste.

About the founder


My name is William Sloth.  I am a High School Junior, and I live in upstate New York. I am an avid 3d printer, a dedicated environmentalist, as well as an entrepreneur.

I have been involved in 3d printing for several years. I was concerned with the large amounts of waste 3d printing produces, and I decided to do something about it. So I created Project PLA! I came up with the idea for Project PLA when researching how to recycle my own 3d printing waste. I didn't find any easy viable options. I saw this as a great business opportunity, and a great way to do my part in helping the world against climate change.

I enjoy spending most of my time working on Project PLA, while also balancing High School work, being class president, and other extracurricular activities. I am not in it for the money, as I have no bills to pay (yet), I am trying to help the 3d printing industry become more environmentally friendly. I price all of our boxes at the lowest prices possible, as I want to make this service available to as many people as possible, and help as many makers, organizations, and universities as I can!

If you have any questions about Project PLA or to me, feel free to email me at

I would love to hear any suggestions and feedback you may have, and thank you so much for your support!

All the best,

William Sloth, President

Project PLA