Centre for a Waste-Free World

We're developing technologies and processes to innovate the social, environmental and economic role of waste and transform it into valuable circular commodities.

About us

The Centre for a Waste-Free World develops and implements new waste technologies and processes, while using social science knowledge to catalyse change and reduce barriers to participation and adoption.

More about the centre

Meet our leadership team

Our programs

Our research programs bring together multidisciplinary experts with the capacity to deliver real-world solutions for our planet, our partners and our community.

We help communities, industry and government find new ways to shift from linear 'production to landfill' economies to circular, sharing and distributive economies to reduce and capture value from waste.

A waste-free world requires major transformations to technologies, infrastructure, economic models, government regulations and the daily actions of individuals. Our researchers are collaborating to find new ways to create pathways for social change.

Our research draws on QUT's strengths in process engineering, robotics, industrial biotechnology and polymer chemistry to investigate, pilot and implement advanced technical solutions to avoid waste and transform waste into valuable products.

From our director

"We recognise that waste is a pressing problem – both locally and globally – and that a holistic research approach is needed to accomplish our vision of a waste-free world and circular economy of materials.  Our purpose is to draw upon interdisciplinary scientific knowledge to develop technical solutions in parallel with social science knowledge to catalyse change and business to enhance the circular economy and eliminate waste."

Professor Leonie Barner
Director, Centre for a Waste-Free World

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Research facilities

Supported by the Institute for Future Environments, the Centre for a Waste-Free World has access to a diverse range of cutting-edge facilities to support research and enable real-world results.

Central Analytical Research Facility

The Central Analytical Research Facility provides specialist equipment and expert scientists to help you carry out analytical research.

Banyo Pilot Plant

The Banyo Pilot Plant enables scaled-up research in traditional engineering, industrial biotechnology and scientific applications, testing and validation.

Contact us

Centre for a Waste-Free World

Level 6, P Block
Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia

Postal address

Centre for a Waste-Free World
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001

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