Deborah LauTogether with our partners, we aim to change the way we make, use, recycle and dispose of plastics through our Ending Plastic Waste Mission in development.

Our goal is an 80 per cent reduction in plastic entering our environment by 2030.

Our mission is the national catalyst for systematic change to tackle plastic pollution. It provides a broad range of scientific and technological solutions for the entire plastics supply chain to support government and industry initiatives, eliminate litter and divert plastic waste into a resource to build Australia’s circular economy.

Each year, 90 billion tonnes of primary materials are extracted and used globally for plastics, with only 9 per cent recycled. This is commercially unsustainable and there are significant detrimental impacts to human health and the environment.

Our science will support the Government’s National Plastics Plan and provide industry with cutting-edge solutions. This will help turn waste into a commodity to generate economic benefits and jobs for the nation.

This mission will drive a significant co-ordinated response across the innovation sector to tackle plastic waste.

Our areas of research include:

  • implementing and optimising waste monitoring systems incorporating artificial intelligence;
  • revolutionising packaging including biopolymers and biodegradation of plastics;
  • chemical upcycling and depolymerisation processes; and
  • establishing recycling standards and best practices to reduce contamination