NESP2_IP5.02 – Waste Impact Management Research

  • Lane, Ruth (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Schandl, Heinz (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Kaufman, Stefan (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Baynes, Timothy (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Lu, Yingying (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Wiedmann, Thomas (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Kaksonen, Anna H. (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Boxall, Naomi (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Cheng, Ka Yu (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Vince, Joanna (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Zaman, Atiq (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Minnuno, Roberto (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Tobin, Steven (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Wilson, Arthur (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Within the Sustainable Communities and Waste (SCaW) Hub, the theme called Impact Priority 5 Waste Impact Management (IP5) applies both qualitative and quantitative research focusing on end-user application for waste management, resource recovery and of circular economy and waste policy implementation.
Research plan 2022 (RP2) aims to address five important aspects of waste impact management research:
•To provide information, data and management tools;
•To inform design for repurposing waste and circular economy focussing on business models and enabling conditions;
•To inform the institutional and governance needs of community-based resource recovery and circular economy initiatives;
•To work on waste management and resource recovery opportunities for indigenous communities; and
•To create an evidence base for decision makers based on novel science contributions and informing solutions for problems of national significance.
In addition, a cross Hub and cross-cutting initiative approach for integrated projects has been proposed (project IP5.02.05) and will be scoped in year 2. Funding for project IP5.02.05 is not yet included in the budget and requires further cross-Hub planning and decision making.
In Research Plan 2022, the IP5 proposal contains five projects:
•Project IP5.02.01: Australian metrics for materials, waste and resource recovery summarised in a circularity gap report and dataset.
•Project IP5.02.02: Exploring opportunities for increasing value recovery from used tyres and conveyor belts in Western Australia.
•Project IP5.02.03: Governing community based resource recovery and circular economy initiatives.
•Project IP5.02.04: Scoping study creating opportunity from waste in Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.
•Project IP5.02.05: Place based cross-hub integration project.
These projects span one, two or three years. The projects will provide novel information about the state of circularity and resource recovery in Australia, identifying priorities and opportunities in different material supply chains. They will also develop guidance on the governance of a community based circular economy with examples for communities in Victoria and Tasmania, Indigenous communities in Western Australia and a case study for tyres and conveyor belt material recovery in Western Australia. The projects also complement other IPs within SCaW, such a IP2 which focuses on the technology aspects of plastics as waste recovery. The economic and policy implications of waste management, resource recovery and circular economy of IP5 will inform the technological and engineering focus of solutions that include manufacturing from secondary materials of IP2.
Design of the projects was informed by broad consultation with a range of research users within and external to the Department during RP1, and a literature review undertaken in year 1 resulting in the design of RP2.
The Hub’s RP2 was designed through the engagement and co-design process of year 1 (RP1). The SCaW Hub started stakeholder engagement and co-design with regional partners through workshops in all States and Territories that brought together potential partners from government, industry and the broader community. Initial priorities were identified during these workshops and were further scoped in bilateral meetings with interested partners. The engagement with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the Department) focussed on the Hub’s research priorities and data and analytics and waste policy implementation objectives.
Projects that underwent further scoping were selected on the basis that they required solutions that were of national relevance and required novel science contributions.
This proposal and related budget looks specifically at Monash University involvement in sub project IP5.02.03
Short titleIP5.02.03
Effective start/end date1/07/2230/03/24


  • SDG 11
  • SDG 12
  • Waste and resource recovery
  • Circular Economy
  • Resource Governance