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Circular Economy Lab

Circular Economy Lab

In an Australian first, Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science provided $150,000 in seed funding to establish the Circular Economy (CE) Lab in February 2019.

A circular economy approach seeks to design out waste, keep materials in use at their highest value for as long as possible, and natural systems are regenerated.

The government’s seed funding was more than matched by the 28 industry partners participating in the CE Lab including Jones Lang Lasalle, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Lendlease, Fisher and Paykel, Rio Tinto, Suez, Movus and Blocktexx.

These companies worked collaboratively as teams to develop commercially viable solutions to move closer to a circular economy in Queensland. Challenges included eliminating soft plastics from the food manufacturing supply chain and extracting more value from the agri-food value chain and repurposing existing waste streams

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