Waste Integrated Novel (WIN) Processes

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Established at the SMaRT Centre in 2014, the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub at the SMaRT Centre - also known as the 'Green Manufacturing Hub' - brings different industries together with the common goal of creating value from mixed plastic and glass waste in manufacturing.

Starting with fundamental investigations of the transformation behaviour of waste materials under high temperature conditions, the centre is developing scalable solutions for our manufacturing partners towards reducing the consumption of primary resources, while simultaneously diverting waste streams from landfill. Additionally, the potential of using these transformations to yield improved products such as wear-resistant grinding media and light-weight building materials, will be established to enhance Australian manufacturing.

The focus of the hub is to develop scientifically-based solutions to some of the most challenging waste burdens within a framework particularly applicable to the Australian context. Building on successes in “green” steel manufacturing, the research hub will undertake world-leading research into the high temperature transformation of glass and plastic-rich waste streams into value-added manufacturing intermediates and novel products.

This research will assist Australian manufacturers in achieving sustainability targets, obtain new products from re-formed waste streams and enable them to become more competitive at a global level through the development of ground-breaking processes and product innovations.

Industry partners
Arrium Mining Consumables
Brickworks Building Products
TES-AMM Australia
Jaylon Industries

Research collaborators
SMaRT Centre, UNSW Australia
University of Sydney
University of Wollongong
Monash University