Issue 3
Tuesday, 07 May 2019
Charles Darwin University
Research Fellow Dr Deepika Mathur
Research Fellow Dr Deepika Mathur

Experts seek solutions to conquer mountains of waste

Experts from industry, government and academia have put their heads together at a workshop in Darwin to explore how to deal with ever-rising mountains of construction and demolition waste produced by a global building boom that shows no sign of abating.

Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Research Fellow Dr Deepika Mathur said the two-day workshop provided an opportunity to discuss the social, environmental and economic issues associated with construction waste management and identify opportunities and potential solutions.

“This workshop, and a similar one in India in January, brought together a cross-section of decision-makers, thinkers and other stakeholders determined to address crucial construction and demolition waste management issues, by learning from each other’s experiences,” Dr Mathur said.

“These are issues critical to Australia and India where landfills are rapidly becoming exhausted and where offshoring options are becoming unviable.”

Construction and demolition waste can represent up to 40 per cent of waste sent to landfill, Dr Mathur said.

“We must work together to identify opportunities and potential solutions to the growth in waste generation, particularly as the population continues to rise and global construction activity grows.

“The key to conquering the ‘waste management mountain’ is to learn from each other’s experiences and through long-term knowledge and technology exchange partnerships between experts in Australia and India.”

The workshops were run in collaboration with The Energy and Resources Institute and the University of Melbourne, and were funded by the Federal Government’s Australia-India Council.