Media releaseFrom: Australian Science Media Centre
Australians create around 67 million tonnes of waste each year, that's 2.7 tonnes for every person. At the moment we only recycle just over half of this waste; the rest ends up in landfill. But if we recycled it all, we could also create an extra 35,000 jobs.
What if we could avoid this waste to begin with? Technology could help us develop products that are more durable, reusable and repairable from the get-go as well as ways to stop valuable resources ending up as landfill.
A new report from The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) has found, however, there are some critical barriers standing in the way of us using technology to win this war on waste.
The briefing will discuss the findings of the report and the policy and economic barriers currently standing in our way.
- Kylie Walker, CEO ATSE
- Phillip Butler, Founder and Chairman Textor Technologies
- Assoc Prof Damien Guirco, Deputy Director (Engagement) Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS
- Prof Veena Sahajwalla, Director SMaRT Centre at UNSW
Date: Tuesday 17 November 2020
Start Time: 13:00 AEDT
Duration: Approx 45 min
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