From trash to trea­sure: Aus­tralia in a take-make-re­make world

AQ: Australian Quarterly - - REFERENCES - SA­MAN­THA SHARPE AND DAMIEN GIURCO

In 2014-15 Aus­tralia pro­duced 64 mil­lion tonnes of waste, the equiv­a­lent of 2.7 tonnes for every per­son. But what if this didn't have to be the case; what if waste was seen as a re­source and treated ac­cord­ingly? In­stead of end­lessly dig­ging, grow­ing, har­vest­ing and pro­cess­ing vir­gin ma­te­ri­als, we could take what we had fin­ished us­ing and re­make it into what we wanted to use next. This is the idea at the heart of the cir­cu­lar econ­omy, that we go from a lin­ear process of take, make and dis­pose, to a cir­cu­lar one, where we take, make and recre­ate.

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