Unlocking the Value of Waste: The Australian Circular Economy Conference

The University of Sydney’s Waste Transformation Research Hub is hosting the inaugural ‘Australian Circular Economy Conference’, 19-20 November 2018.

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Growing populations, increasing resource consumption and the prevalence of single-use products is pushing us further towards a global waste crisis. Locally, Australia continues to rely on landfill as a primary form of waste management, presenting a clear need for technological innovations for the sustainable processing of waste.

The inaugural Australian Circular Economy Conference (ACEC) aims to address Australia’s waste problem by paving the way towards a circular economy, where product design, materials production and end-of-life processing form a closed loop, with minimal ultimate waste.

The conference will give researchers the opportunity to connect with delegates from academic organisations, industry and government to share their research and insights into the circular economy and to explore methods of unlocking the value of waste.

With the aim of convening discussion on both academic and industry research, the conference will focus on the upfront exercise of product design, resource utilisation, waste transformations, and means towards setting up a techno-enviro-regulatory eco-system to inform policy and support the transition towards a circular economy.

The conference presents an opportunity to contribute to the Australian debate on waste, with the goal of aligning Australia’s waste research and industry with the type of circular economy change currently being adopted through Europe and China.

ACEC will run from 19-20 November, 2018, at Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast. To register for the conference, click here.

For further information visit the conference website, or email

The conference is supported by the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at the University of Sydney and the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer (NSW Department of Industry).

The Waste Transformation Research Hub aims to develop new technologies to transform materials that are currently considered waste into energy and other high-value products. Led by the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, this multidisciplinary research team aims to apply its existing expertise in process intensification (PI) – an approach that blends the economies of large-scale plants with the flexibility and effectiveness of micro-scale processes – to deliver higher manufacturing productivities and enhanced value for industry.