Talks colour ideas on how to cut waste

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

CHANGE agent Anne- Ma­ree Hux­ley wants us to em­brace the ‘ blue econ­omy’ to drive in­vest­ment and cre­ate jobs.

How­ever just what sort of busi­ness de­vel­op­ments emerge from her work­shops in Townsville over the past few days re­mains to be seen.

Ms Hux­ley ( pic­tured) has been ad­dress­ing re­gional devel­op­ment groups and eco­nomic devel­op­ment of­fi­cers in North Queens­land on the blue econ­omy.

Au­thor Gunter Pauli first coined the term as a con­cept for a sus­tain­able econ­omy with zero waste. It’s es­ti­mated that 80 per cent of goods worth more than $ 3 tril­lion world­wide are lost to waste each year.

Ms Hux­ley said the idea of re­cy­cling and reusing waste was an emerg­ing area of busi­ness devel­op­ment.

In South Africa, food waste is be­ing used to grow mag­gots as food for chick­ens, in Scot­land used nap­pies are re­cy­cled into build­ing prod­ucts, and cof­fee waste can be used as a base to grow mush­rooms.

“Be­cause of our grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, we have to re­cy­cle,” Ms Hux­ley said.

How­ever she said it was also about cre­at­ing new rev­enue and jobs.

Re­gional Devel­op­ment Australia Townsville and North West Queens­land CEO Glenys Schunt­ner said re­gional devel­op­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives left the work­shops with their minds “reel­ing with new ideas”.

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