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From the Microfactory to the Circular Economy | with Robert Crocker

From the Microfactory to the Circular Economy

Organized on 12th Dec, 2019.

Following China’s effective ban on importing many waste materials for recycling, many developed nations, including Australia, are being forced to rethink their waste strategies to encourage more effective waste separation and recycling regimes, a dramatic change that has challenged the ability of the resource sector to upskill rapidly and in ways that few are prepared for. Veena Sahajwalla has pioneered and championed localized waste processing and recycling in high-tech microfactories as an essential first step to the circular economy. Capable of processing even toxic materials within a small space using specialised machines, these have the potential to renew the value of materials that are presently lost within our more traditional and centralized waste processing systems. In this conversation Veena outlines her vision for the microfactory and its potential role in furthering a genuinely circular economy.



Deputy Director, China Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development

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Veena Sahajwalla


Founding Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT)

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