Foreign entities within recycling streams currently present as an ongoing problem to processing plants throughout Australia. Typically, contaminated cardboard and paper varieties offer little value due to the surplus availability of clean raw material. This leave tonnes of otherwise usable material with potential for reuse destined for landfill from the moment it is placed in your recycling bin. With the desired processing infrastructure years away from implementation, how can we make domestic remanufacturing more accessible to Melburnians?
This proposition aims to create a tool to enable users to remanufacture non-recyclable paper products within the household into forms of their desire whilst exploring the soundproof capabilities possessed by paper pulp to add value to this material and divert it from landfill.
Through materials experimentation, scale model development and discussions with field professionals, I aim to create a tool with many capabilities empowering the user to create products of use specific to their needs utilising contaminated paper as a substitute for traditional manufacturing materials. Helping to Lock up this waste stream and mitigate it from landfill.