The Wealth from Waste Cluster starts from the premise that Australia’s role as a global leader in primary production of minerals and metals must adapt to the implications of the future circular economy. Wealth from Waste is 3 year, $9 million international research program led by ISF, bringing together Monash University, the University of Queensland, Swinburne University of Technology and Yale University, in partnership with CSIRO and an International Reference Panel.
The cluster has identified viable options to ‘mine’ above ground resources – the metals contained in discarded manufactured products and consumer goods. The cluster has mapped the resource base of urban mines, characterised viable technological approaches for e-waste recycling, examined innovative business models to capture the value of implementing a circular economy, and identified key policy levers to support a circular economy for metals.
The research of the cluster highlights the importance a coordinated circular economy approach for Australia – broadening the focus beyond metals – that would encourage business and government to invest in innovative policy and strategies.
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For more information on the Wealth from Waste Cluster, please see www.wealthfromwaste.net.