Material flow analysis of plastic in Australia

June 24th, 2024

Presentation by Dr Narges Emami (CSIRO)

Plastic is essential in modern life due to its versatility, durability, and affordability, but it poses significant environmental challenges. Australia has experienced a notable increase in plastic waste generation, exposing significant regional disparities in usage and waste management. Despite high consumption, local production is limited, primarily driven by the manufacturing and construction sectors. These findings emphasize the urgent need for enhanced recycling and sustainable practices to mitigate pollution. This presentation will explore the lifecycle of major polymers in Australia, covering production through to waste management, and will also emphasize notable disparities in plastic waste management and recycling rates across different regions, offering insights for targeted interventions.