New Research Hub To Develop Novel Solutions To Reclaim Waste
Source: Waste Management Review.
The Australian Research Council’s (ARC) new Industrial Transformation Research Hub will focus on reducing waste to landfill and transforming reclaimed waste into new materials for use in construction and other manufacturing sectors.
The $18 million collaborative research hub will involve leading scientists, researchers and industrial experts from nine Australian universities and 36 state, industry and international partners.
The project will be led by RMIT University, and draw from expertise across multiple disciplines including civil, chemical, materials and construction engineering, artificial intelligence, behavioural sciences, environmental procurements and policies and standards.
According to an RMIT statement, Australia’s landfill space is expected to reach capacity by 2025, with roughly 30 per cent of total waste generated sent to landfill each year.
Calum Drummond, RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, said the hub would deliver novel solutions for reclaiming Australia’s waste resources, and position Australia as a leader in research contributing to the circular economy.
Pictured: RMIT Professor and research hub lead Sujeeva Setunge.