New England events to demonstrate how waste can be a resource

Three circular economy-themed events will take place at New England August 1, bringing researchers, government and businesses together to discuss the opportunities presented by smarter waste management. 

The NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network (NSW Circular), University of New England’s SMART Region Incubator and the university’s Centre for Agribusiness are putting on a day’s program focussing on innovations to minimise waste and, where possible, reuse it as a resource.

“Many agribusinesses, manufactures and producers in the New England North West region already demonstrate innovation excellence but the challenge is to bring together the right stakeholders across the whole supply chain to achieve circular economy outcomes,” said Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of NSW Circular and Founding Director of the University of NSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT).

“We are aiming to facilitate market-based solutions to the opportunities and challenges faced in efficiently managing our materials, supplies and waste and we will be looking for pilot projects to create new pathways and outcomes.”

Sahajwalla, UNE Centre for Agribusiness Director Professor Derek Baker, and UNE SMART Region Incubator Director Dr Lou Conway will visit local businesses in the morning, and host a Circular Economy Project Development Workshop at the UNE SMART Region Incubator after this. The evening will feature a session at the Armidale Bowling Club titled Waste as a Resource: Entrepreneur Hour, with Sahajwalla presenting and a panel discussion moderated by Michael Sharpe, Federal Director, Industry, at the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC).

Further information can be found here.


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