Beyond Plastic: Panel Conversation

When: Saturday 2 March, 10.30am - 11.30am

Where: Retro Lane Cafe, QEII Square, Albury

Price: FREE

With Australia’s recyclables no longer being accepted by China, we are faced with a new challenge to rethink our processes, markets and impacts to the environment. Albury is at the forefront of recycling, with the Halve Waste initiative aiming to reduce landfill by 50% by 2020.

Join us for a panel discussion exploring current efforts – both local and national - to reduce our waste and how innovations in manufacturing, recycling and creatively re-thinking materials in construction can assist in reducing landfill.

Our problem-solving panelists work across recycling, innovative waste manufacturing, and architecture to redefine the value of our discarded materials – towards a more sustainable future.

Meet the Panel

Raffaello Rosselli, Plastic Palace architect
Award-winning architect Raffaello Rosselli is well known for his interest in sustainable design by utilising waste materials in creative and innovative ways. In this latest experiment, Plastic Palace, Raffaello has transformed 4 weeks of hard plastic waste from Albury Waste Management centre into Plastic Palace, a 6 metre tall structure comprised of 20 tonnes of plastic, situated in Albury’s QEII Square. Through the re-contextualisation of these neglected materials, Raffaello would like to spur debate about our consumption and how to recycle these undervalued resources locally.

David Hodge, Plastic Forests
A self-confessed ‘eco-industrialist’, David is the Managing Director of Albury-based Plastic Forests, the first company globally to commercialise an innovative dry-cleaning process to recycle contaminated plastic films - without using water. The huge amount of ‘unrecyclable’ plastic film going to landfill due to its contamination, such as plastic bags from the food industry and agricultural silage wrap, motivated the dedicated team at Plastic Forests to develop their unique solution to this global problem. Plastic Forests seeks to rescue plastic waste from landfill and recycle it into sustainable products to create a circular economy.

Plastic Forests is winner of the NSW Green Globe Innovation Award 2018, Inside Waste’s Circular Economy Award and Outstanding Recycling Facility Award 2018, the Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow Award 2017, and the Moira Shire Excellence in Innovation Award 2015. 2015 Endeavour Award: Most Innovative Company.

Moderated by Phillip Nielsen
Phillip Nielsen is an architect and co-founder of Regional Design Service in Corowa, NSW. Regional Design Service is an Architecture and Design practice that is focused on delivering meaningful, thought-provoking and sustainable design outcomes; for Rural and Regional communities and their inhabitants.