E-waste is surging but recycling isn’t

Electronic waste – discarded products with a battery or plug – is the world’s fastest growing waste stream, according to a new UN report. The 2020 Global E-waste Monitor reveals that a record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) was generated worldwide last year, a 21% increase in five years. This expected to reach 74 Mt … Continue reading E-waste is surging but recycling isn’t

A ‘circular economy’ and why we need one

Australia generates 67 million tonnes of waste per year—that’s 2.7 tonnes per person, the weight of approximately two mid-sized cars. We’ve traditionally shipped most of our recyclable waste to China, and smaller amounts to Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, and Thailand. This waste is packed into shipping containers that would otherwise return empty to their country of … Continue reading A ‘circular economy’ and why we need one

Microfactory turns recycling on its head

In 2018 China stopped buying our recycling. Then, in July of this year, Indonesia started turning it back by the container load. With our recycling waste back on our shores, our nation was hurled head-first into an ever-growing recycling crisis. However, the answer to our recycling problem might have been found in the form of … Continue reading Microfactory turns recycling on its head

Australian invention to fix recycling crisis

According to a UNSW researcher, a ready-made answer to our waste and recycling crisis is available in the form of her Microfactory technology. Veena Sahajwalla, who invented ‘green steel’ technology that diverts millions of vehicle tyres from landfill, says her newer Microfactory technology is a ready-made answer to deal with the nation’s current waste and … Continue reading Australian invention to fix recycling crisis