As developing countries begin to return the mountains of plastic waste shipped to them by more affluent nations like Australia, can we rethink our recycling processes to capture benefits from waste without exporting it?
Professor Veena Sahajwalla, scientist and media personality, will speak about "Waste as a Resource" at the Armidale Bowling Club on Thursday evening.
She will share her journey on the "war on waste", and how science and engineering are shaping a new look at waste.
Professor Sahajwalla is revolutionising recycling science to enable global industries to safely use toxic and complex wastes as low-cost alternatives to virgin raw materials and fossil fuels.
As Founding Director of UNSW's Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, and now Director of the NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network, she is an inspiring speaker and a world leader in waste.
Professor Sahajwalla has been a long-standing judge on ABC's The New Inventors program and has featured on Catalyst, in The Australian, and many other national programs and publications.
She is a role model for students and entrepreneurs interested in the opportunities that science, engineering, and problems solving can bring to our communities. She is a natural entrepreneur with a flair for sharing what is possible in creating startups and businesses to drive the change.
The NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network is an initiative of the NSW Government. It aims for greater sustainability through the development of a circular economy where there is a more sustainable approach to the design of goods and services, use of resources, and management of waste.
UNE Council's Deputy Chancellor, Jan McClelland AM, has recently been appointed to the CEIN board, and Professor Derek Baker, Director of UNE's Centre for Agribusiness, is a regional representative.
Entrepreneur's Hour: Waste as a Resource, Tops Function Room, Armidale Bowling Club, Thursday, August 1, 5.30 to 7pm. Free. Registration http://smartri.com.au/event/ehveenaarmidale/