Buried in garbage: is this our future?

NSW Division

Event details

Thursday 25 July 2019

12pm for 12.30pm start


Union, University and Schools Club
25 Bent Street, Sydney


$47.50 per person


Registrations close 5pm Monday 22 July
Register online (see above) or call the Academy Office on 03 9864 0919


Dr Brian Spies FTSE
The Academy NSW Division Honorary Secretary & Events

Amelia Dean
The Academy Events Coordinator
03 9864 0919

Buried in garbage: is this our future?

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Being buried in waste is becoming a real possibility for Australia. The evidence is mounting. China, India and now Indonesia have refused to take any more of our waste, while the volumes produced are mounting and suitable locations for landfill in Australia are running out.

Globally, the situation is equally depressing. There is an island of waste floating in the Pacific, while billions of tonnes of plastic pollute our seas and marine life. Solutions must be found.

The second of our UUSC/Academy special and informative lunches is set for 25 July. Come and hear Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla FTSE, Director of the Centre for Smart Materials Research and Technology at UNSW Sydney, address this huge global and national problem and demonstrate how new technologies her Centre has developed can save the day, and in fact create business, by producing usable products from waste.

Eric Chung , also with his business partner Ricky and staff.
Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla FTSE

UNSW Sydney

Professor Veena Sahajwalla directs the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at UNSW Sydney; delivering scientific and engineering, advances in sustainability of materials and associated processes in collaboration with industry. Professor Sahajwalla is revolutionising recycling science to enable global industries to safely use toxic and complex wastes as low-cost alternatives to virgin raw materials and fossil fuels. She has been a Fellow of the Academy since 2007.