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Leading Australian scientists fight plastic waste

Canberra, 20 March.

Australia’s National Science Agency on Sunday announced its intention to help reduce the country’s plastic waste by 80% within 10 years.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) has announced additional investment in its mission to eliminate plastic waste, according to the Xinhua news agency.

The initiative will receive A$50 million in funding from CSIRO, industry, governments and universities to develop cutting edge innovations in the production, use, recycling and disposal of plastics in Australia.

Australians currently use 1 million tons of single-use plastic every year, and only 12 percent of it is recycled.

Larry Marshall, chief executive of CSIRO, said that without significant action, the plastic waste problem will continue to grow.

“The Plastic Waste Elimination Mission will bring together the entire innovation system, from government, industry and academia, to turn science into solutions that benefit the environment and create economic opportunities for Australia,” he said.

“By turning plastic waste into a renewable resource, the Mission will provide collaborative scientific and manufacturing capabilities to drive new technologies across the plastics supply chain and develop Australia’s circular economy.”

CSIRO launched its Team Australia mission project in August 2020 with the aim of leveraging major science and collaborative research initiatives to address the country’s biggest challenges, including plastic waste, climate change uncertainty, pandemics and natural disasters. ISA

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