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Waste away – the future of garbage

National Science Week (11–19 August 2018) is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, with thousands of individuals taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation.

EPA is celebrating the role of science in our work by hosting its third annual National Science Week panel event, on Thursday 16 August. You're invited to participate in this free panel discussion.

Thursday 16 August 2018, 12:00pm, Melbourne Museum, and streaming online

This year’s topic is Waste away – the future of garbage.

Register now to join the debate in the live audience.


Register now to join the event online via web-stream.

Waste has been a hot topic for Australia and Victoria over the last 18 months. Public debate has surrounded:

  • how we can reduce our waste at home
  • how business can assist in reducing waste, which has led to a plastic bag ban in Victoria and many bars banning plastic straws
  • waste stockpiling in Victoria
  • China banning recycling imports
  • how we can repurpose waste, such as through waste to energy plants or using waste to make roads.

EPA has gathered a panel of experts to discuss the future of waste. This is a unique opportunity to hear from our panel and to ask questions about waste opportunities and technologies. Is it truly waste or is it a resource? How can science be used to solve Australia’s waste problem?

Our panel includes:

  • Ms Ruby Chan, Inventor of ‘Moducware’
  • Mr Mark Glover, Director and CEO of Renewable Carbon
  • Mr Barry Sullivan, Business Development Manager, Renewables Downer Utilities Australia
  • Dr Trevor Thornton, Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University.

The panel discussion will be directed by the questions posed by the audience, both live and through the web-stream.   

Date: Thursday 16 August
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton Vic 3053 View map

Page last updated on 11 Jul 2018