NSW Circular: supporting waste-to-value solutions to foster sustainable growth

The NSW Government launched the NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network (NSW Circular) last year ‘to solve problems, create pathways to markets, and foster innovation through a more sustainable approach to design/production, use of resources and recycling of waste to create value’.

What does it do?

NSW Circular brokers projects and fosters collaboration among local and state government bodies, industry, research organisations and communities aimed at surmounting barriers to adopting circular economy solutions. The network has several functions, notably:

  • connecting key stakeholders, via workshops, forums and events involving movers and shakers across supply chains, waste streams and regions, encouraging them to find shared solutions to waste problems in NSW;
  • collaborating with ‘local champions’ through pilot projects that demonstrate potential solutions to waste and showcase circular-economy benefits; and
  • communicating, by sharing information about NSW-related best practice, case studies and initiatives that involve adopting circular-economy solutions.

How can it help?

NSW Circular offers:

  • advice and guidance on circular economy initiatives;
  • access to expertise around materials recycling in the fields of design, production and science;
  • access to independent commissioned research and analysis capabilities;
  • case studies and solutions for various materials; and
  • useful connections with leading researchers, materials supply chains and end users.
Scientia professor and founding Director of NSW Circular, Veena Sahajwalla, addressing guests at the official launch of the new network. Credit: NSW Government

Who are its key personnel?

The network’s founding Director is internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and recycling pioneer, Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at UNSW.

NSW Circular’s first CEO, Lisa McLean, is a leader in circular economy and zero-carbon business. McLean has spent the past 14 years advising British and Australian industry and government on setting policy frameworks and regulations that enable circular-economy solutions across the energy, water, waste and mobility.

What projects is NSW Circular involved in?

NSW Circular is currently engaged in several collaborative pilot projects to help deliver localised circular economy outcomes and solutions. Find out more here.

Further information

For more information on NSW Circular and how your organisation can become involved, visit the network’s website.