A waste recycling facility that recycles waste could transform how we interact with waste in our cities, according to a new study.
The concept is being developed by University of Adelaide Professor of Urban and Regional Planning Dr James Gough.
“It could potentially be used to reduce the amount of material we collect and then reuse as a resource, and we’d also need to have a system to recycle it,” Dr Gough said.
Dr Grough’s team has been working on the idea for more than a decade.
“We’ve seen that waste can be a resource in the city, but often that resource is not used for the right purpose,” he said.
Dr Gould said it was possible to recycle waste without having to make changes to the infrastructure. “
A waste recycling system could help us do that and reduce the impact of our waste on our environment.”
Dr Gould said it was possible to recycle waste without having to make changes to the infrastructure.
“There are some materials that we are very aware of that we’re not able to recycle because they are either toxic or they have toxic properties,” he explained.
“And when we recycle them, we are able to make some use of them.”
“But there are other materials that have a similar chemical structure to those things that we don’t recycle.”
Dr Greg Macdonald, director of waste and recycling research at the University of Queensland, said the concept was intriguing.
“Our city is in crisis and we are constantly trying to save the planet, and there’s lots of people looking at waste,” Dr Macdonald said.
But the problem with waste recycling is that the process has to be expensive and complex.
“If you’re a small business that’s looking to get a new facility going and you want to recycle a lot of your waste, you’re looking at $10,000 to $20,000,” he told the ABC.
Dr Macough said the potential benefit of recycling materials could be “a lot of fun” and “a great way to encourage more recycling”.
He said waste could be the fuel that could drive the next wave of innovation in recycling.
“People would love to have this opportunity to reuse that material,” he suggested.
But Dr Gaugh said there were some challenges with the concept.
“The main issue is that recycling would require you to put up with a lot more pollution, more waste and we don’ think that’s a good way to get people to recycle their waste,” he added.
The team has identified waste links recycling as a way to make the process simpler, but also to get more people involved.
“So if we get a lot and a lot from it, we’ll be really surprised if people don’t come back to it,” he noted.
“This would be a great opportunity to engage people with it.”
“We would like to see this as a tool for people to start to think about the way they recycle their materials.”
The team also wants to test out different waste recycling methods.
“What if you recycle your own products, for example, instead of just putting them in a landfill?”
Dr MacDonald said.
The idea is not new, and Dr Goug has already been working with the recycling industry on a similar idea.
“I’ve been working through a lot about waste recycling,” he revealed.
Dr Macoug said the researchers were keen to see how the concept could be rolled out in the real world. “
These are really new ideas, and so we’re really keen to get this right.”
Dr Macoug said the researchers were keen to see how the concept could be rolled out in the real world.
“Maybe this could be part of the solution, or maybe it could be a way of getting people involved, or to just get people interested,” he warned.
“But we’d like to be able to test it out, we’d love to see what it looks like.”
Topics: waste-management, recycling-and-waste-management