The future of waste infrastructure – Australia

Posted on July 9, 2021 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Source: The future of waste infrastructure – Inside Waste

A study undertaken by the Wealth from Waste Cluster identified the following barriers to a circular economy; high cost of collection, complex product design, preferences for new products and immature secondary supply chains. In addition, it was noted that circular economy was not a priority for small- to medium-sized enterprises, there was inconsistent and incomplete policy and investment was not forthcoming due to a lack of performance data.

There are positives in the work done to date to advance the circular economy, but given the sheer quantity of waste being generated and already in the system, there is much more that will need to be done to bring society towards a true circular system for waste.

We have a long way to go, but it will need constant and large pressure to keep it moving along otherwise it will be another blip in the failed attempts to recycle plastic waste.