Veena Sahajwalla, on making the most of waste

21 January 2016
The Guardian

As Brigid Delaney writes for The Guardian Australia, it’s an unwavering passion for innovation that drives Professor Veena Sahajwalla to turn waste into valuable resources, support developing countries through social technologies and inspire women to take up science.

The inventor of green steel is working on a way to recycle smart phones, support developing countries and inspire young women – all at the same time.

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is passionate about rubbish. Throughout her career, the director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales has been looking for ways to transform waste into something useful.

One of her greatest achievements is the invention of so-called “green steel”, the environmentally friendly technology for recycling end-of-life rubber tyres to replace coal and coke in steelmaking. It has meant that more than 2m tyres have been diverted from landfill and greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced.

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