waste management

Recycling local waste as substrates for edible mushroom cultivation in the context of "Blue economy".

Working with the industrial partner Lifecykel, this project explores the potential of local urban wastes such as such as coffee grounds and recycled paper as cultivating substrates for edible mushrooms. Compared with the current substrate, the project is expected to target alternative substrates and potentially elevate the efficacy of recycling waste. The research aims to contribute to fields including climate change, waste management and food demands.

This Master of Environment project is being undertaken by Hexing Yang in 2017-2018

Reducing landfill use in Burnley campus

The University of Melbourne looks to become a sustainable High Education Institution by using its campuses as living laboratories. In waste management, the University has been setting targets and encouraging recycling and waste prevention practices among the community to reach them. However, little information is known about the performance of small campuses like Burnley. In the first study of this research, we performed a waste characterization and modelled the waste stream of Burnley campus using the Material Flow Analysis methodology to determine the recovery potential and the materials that should be targeted for reduction or increased collection to reach different waste management goals. In the second part of the study, we provided to the campus community informational feedback on their recycling efforts through signs posted next to the recycling bins and evaluated the effect of the intervention on the recyclables collection and contamination of the recycling bin. The results obtained from this study will be useful to design strategies that allow to increase the recycling performance and minimise the landfill use of Burnley campus.

This research was completed by Jose Lopez in October 2018, and his thesis is available from The University of Melbourne on request.