The circular economy is an innovative and sustainable approach gaining momentum worldwide, including in Australia. By redefining the traditional linear "take, make, dispose" model, the circular economy seeks to keep resources in use for as long as possible, extracting maximum value from products, materials, and resources while minimizing waste.
AWRE 2023 has come to a close and final day keynote speaker, Tasmanian Greens Senator, The Hon. Peter Whish-Wilson, summed up the mood by saying “The issues of waste reduction, resource recovery and plastics in the ocean cut across all political demographics.”
Because sales of Big Macs and fries go up if consumers think they are compensating for their high calorie, high salt meal with a soda that’s been made without sugar. The guilt of the poor meal decision is balanced out somehow by the ‘healthier’ drink.
If Australia “gets organics recycling right”, we have a good chance of meeting our national and state objectives for waste reduction and recycling, landfill reduction, and carbon reduction. If we do not get it right, we will not achieve those targets and the successful transition to a circular economy, unlikely.