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.
News and case studies
Reclaiming riches from rags
QUT researchers have found a way to separate polyester from wool, to avoid piles of polyester going to landfill.How recycled polyester fibres are helping reduce textile waste
Making masks from waste
QUT researchers have discoverd a world-first virus filtering mask material made from agricultural waste.Working with industry to bring new masks to market
Creating Australia's first sustainable food city
Our researchers are helping make a masterplanned community south of Brisbane Australia's first sustainable food city.Small-scale food production, digital compost and more
Reversible adhesive technology cuts waste
Researchers have developed a unique reversible adhesive and coating to allow recycling and recovery of waste materials at end-of-life. The material combines high strength with a fast and simple reversability using relatively low temperature increases.QUT Reversible Adhesive Technology for the Circular Economy [PDF, 731KB]
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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