In a circular economy, waste is seen as resource. As one of the highest per capita waste producing nations, with waste generation levels increasing at a faster rate than population growth or GDP, Australia has an enormous opportunity to turn a waste management challenge into a resource recovery opportunity.
We work with organisations to identify and evaluate opportunities to avoid, reuse and recover waste and adopt new circular economy business models. We have designed, piloted and evaluated strategies for technology, policy and behaviour change, from household interventions to precinct level strategies.
Our research with local councils and communities provides the evidence needed to implement effective waste programs, and promote improved practices.
In collaboration with Sydney Water and the NSW EPA, ISF is mapping the volumes of organic waste in the Pyrmont-Ultimo area, the densest in Australia, and piloting social and technological options to reduce waste going to landfill. ISF is also investigating the feasibility of using vacuum and anaerobic digestion systems to treat onsite food waste at the iconic One Central Park to generate renewable energy and nutrient rich soil conditioner, in partnership with City of Sydney and industry partners.
ISF led the development of an e-waste reuse and recycling strategy for Telstra’s operations, identifying opportunities for the business to improve systems relating to the generation, management and disposal of e-waste. Telstra has adopted the waste strategy and continues to use it to guide its processes and policies for electronic waste management.