Wealth from Waste is a three-year research program that builds on work undertaken by the Mineral Futures Collaboration Cluster (2009-2012). It focuses on ‘mining’ above ground resources, which are the metals contained in collections of discarded manufactured products and consumer goods.

The Wealth from Waste Cluster was funded by the CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund, supported by Mineral Resources Flagship and Manufacturing Flagship. Partner universities include:

  • The University of Technology, Sydney
  • Monash University
  • The University of Queensland
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Yale University (USA)

Teams drawn from the different universities and disciplines are undertaking four distinct, but interconnected, research programs to develop a better understanding of this complex landscape and possible pathways for change.

Cluster Research Programs – Leadership and Key Research Questions

Cluster Research Programs – Leadership and Key Research Questions

Latest News

16 November 2017

Wealth from Waste final report launched

The Wealth from Waste cluster has launched the report ‘Australian Opportunities in a Circular Economy for Metals: Findings of the Wealth from Waste Cluster’. This… MORE

11 August 2016

Upcoming UTS public lecture: Global Update on Circular Economy (16 Aug)

International expert, Dr Barbara Reck, from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (USA) is visiting UTS on the 16th August to share her insights on… MORE

3 June 2015

ISF has launched an ‘Action Agenda for a Circular Economy’ at the World Resources Forum

The action agenda identifies new frontiers of innovation in a circular economy by seeking connection between stakeholders and sectors whose current interactions are limited. For… MORE



University of Queensland and Swinburne University of Technology

Recycling Systems: Barriers and Enablers for Industrial Ecology in Australia

The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland leads this program, which also includes the Swinburne University of Technology. This program is identifying the most favourable systems for recycling and industrial ecology and articulating barriers, enablers and policy options for their deployment in Australia, with a particular focus on complex and high value materials. MORE
Dr Glen Corder: 07 3346 4136; g.corder@smi.uq.edu.au
Assoc. Prof M Akbar Rhamdhani: 03 9214 8528; ARhamdhani@swin.edu.au


Monash University and Yale University

Future Resource Value: Characterising Stocks and Mapping Impacts

This program is led by Monash University and includes Yale University. This program is developing an evidence base of the quantity of accessible resources from above-ground stocks and characterising this resource in terms of accessibility, both geographically and socio-economically, through a investigation of the values and systems that surround these resources across the value chain. MORE
Dr Ruth Lane: 03 9905 2937; ruth.lane@monash.edu
Prof Thomas Graedel thomas.graedel@yale.edu, and Dr Barbara Reck barbara.reck@yale.edu


University of Technology, Sydney

Business Models for Future Value Chains

This program is led by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS, and includes the UTS Business School. This program is focused on understanding how value of recycled resources can be captured. This program is investigating emerging business models for manufacturing and services that involve recycling of metal/ material inputs and outputs and characterizing the emergent metals recycling industry options for Australia. MORE
A/Prof Damien Giurco: 02 9514 4978 Damien.Giurco@uts.edu.au
Dr Samantha Sharpe: 02 9514 4169 Samantha.Sharpe@uts.edu.au


University of Technology, Sydney

Transition Pathways for Leadership in Resource Stewardship

This program, led by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, aims to identify transition pathways that can be pursued to ensure that Australia can generate wealth from waste. It involves the synthesis and analysis of cross Cluster research outputs, as well as integrative stakeholder engagement activities to determine key parameters for understanding existing and future capability for taking part in a local recycling system. MORE
Dr Nick Florin: 02 9514 4797 Nick.Florin@uts.edu.au
Prof Stuart White: 02 9514 4944 Stuart.White@uts.edu.au