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.
The City of Mount Gambier council has taken the reuse market into its own hands by creating a second-hand shop, which has resulted in 60 tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill since it opened in October 2018.
This story is contributed by Robert Kelman, the director of Reloop – an organisation that brings together industry, government, and non-governmental organisations to form a network for advances in policy that create enabling system conditions for circularity across the European economy.
Australian entrepreneur Rikki Gilbey, founder of ethical bodysurfing brand WAW Handplanes, is turning the tide on plastic waste with the launching of its bodysurfing hand-plane, which is made from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastics commonly found on the beach, including bottle caps, single-use cutlery and trays.
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.