Many Australians are left wondering what to do with that broken hair straighter, that old washing machine that’s been sitting in the garage for 20 years or the Tamagotchi that no longer gets virtually fed.
Creating new products doesn’t necessarily mean using virgin materials, so organisations such as the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) are encouraging Australian manufacturers to look to circular economy practices.
ASPIRE (Advisory System for Processing, Innovation and Resource Exchange) is scaling its operations nationally to improve the management of the 67 million tonnes of waste generated in Australia each year.
This article was contributed by Suzanne Little – an environmental scientist and independent consultant.
The Victorian government has released an issues paper on the Circular Economy Policy for public comment.
A Sunshine Coast-based company is collecting used shampoo containers to make prosthetic arms for children, which has the Queensland government urging more businesses to support the reuse of products.
Monash University researchers have found that people tend to keep unwanted electronic devices rather than disposing of them, which is reducing the reuse of products.
With experience in the packaging, resource recovery and climate change sectors, Lily Barnett engages with industry and government to reduce the environmental impacts of packaging throughout the entire value-chain.
Resilient resource recovery and creating a sustainable circular economy were among topics discussed at the Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly in Canberra.
A $5 million asphalt plant has been opened in Teralba, Lake Macquarie, to allow plastic bags, recycled glass and printer toner to be used in the construction of new roads in the area.