Trash Talk: How a Circular Economy Can End Our Waste Crisis
Australia’s waste crisis may continue to get worse before it gets better as many countries are now rejecting our waste exports. With nowhere for our waste to go, we are now being forced to figure out what to do with our waste problem. Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology at University of New South Wales, joins The Grapevine to chat about exciting new solutions that will help us deal with our waste. Veena explains that this crisis is actually a huge opportunity for us to rethink waste. She says that we can repurpose and reform rubbish to create new materials and products. By going beyond our traditional understanding of recycling, we have the opportunity to create a new ‘circular economy’. This new economy would use our waste to create a whole new supply chain, create new products, new jobs and new economic opportunities. She says that by seeing this problem as a collective challenge, we can all help to develop innovative solutions that are win-wins for us and the environment.