Researchers from Mexico’s Purdue University, the Technological University of Queretaro, and the Engineering and Industrial Development Centre have found a way to convert post-consumer LDPE and HDPE into energy-storing carbon that can be used in batteries.
The size and complexity of the waste challenge facing society dominated discussions at the first stakeholders’ meeting of the newly announced Circular Economy Innovation Network (CEIN), according to the University of NSW newsroom.
Most of the solutions required to implement a circular economy across Australia already exist, they’re just locked up in research institutions. This was one of the encouraging messages from a NSW government-funded initiative, which got under way at the beginning of April in Sydney.
Apple is set to open a new research and development lab focused on closed-loop solutions later this year, after diverting more than 48,000 metric tonnes of electronic waste from landfill during 2018.
Researchers overseas say high-impact polystyrene from scrap electronics can be used as a replacement for sand in self-compacting concrete.
Downer has partnered with the City of Adelaide to construct a road made completely from recycled material.
In a Victorian-first trial, a 200m-long concrete footpath made with 199,000 recycled glass and plastic bottles has been laid in Hoppers Crossing this month.
A new non-profit organisation, Chemical Recycling Europe, has been created with the goal of establishing an industry platform for developing and promoting cutting-edge chemical recycling technologies for polymer waste across Europe.