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The Path to a Circular Economy – 7th August report

By 14/08/2019 September 22nd, 2019 No Comments

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) hosted the event with support from CCIC to introduce recycling for the circular economy at the Gosford RSL club on the 7thAugust.

Local Michael Sharpe, Director at the Advanced Manufacturing Centre, led a full house at the club through a one on one discussion with Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the UNSW SMaRT Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, canvassing questions on the circular economy and some of the work the Professor has been doing. Two themes emerged

  • Circular economy is about changing the way we produce, assemble, sell and use products to minimise waste, and to reduce our environmental impact.
  • The circular economy can be great for business; by maximising the use of our valuable resources, and by contributing to innovation, growth and job creation

AMGC is facilitating strong linkages between industry, government, researchers, local councils, and the community to find new and clear pathways to meet the challenges of recycling and the circular economy.  AMGC see opportunities to help build the circular economy across Australia to address the waste and recycling issue and enhance manufacturing and industry capability.

Professor Sahajwalla was then followed by a number of speakers that spoke about their experience of the Circular Economy, providing examples of activities occurring in this industry including:

  • Ashley Brinson – NSW CEIN Co-director
  • Debbie Hambly – Milk Bottle Collective
  • Ian Hudson – Industry Capability Network
  • Tim Askew – Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils
  • Marta Fernandes – Nespresso
  • Brooke Donnelly – Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)
  • Paul Klymenko – Planet Ark
  • Nishi Vissamraju – Downer

After the presentations the speakers went on stage to form a panel that took questions from Michael and the audience.  Plenty of questions and the large audience demonstrated there is a great interest in this area.

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