Podcast: Trash Talking – Recycling, How does it work?

UNSW SMaRT Centre Director Prof Veena was interviewed by the Swittering On Podcast team about innovative solutions to waste and sustainability challenges.

Veena also explains the centre's various recycling technologies that use waste as a resource for manufacturing, creating new products and a circular economy to help with decarbonisation efforts.

Listen to the Podcast with Veena

By the publishers:

Recycling has become part of the daily routine for many of us, but are the processes in place as effective as they could be? Many of the items we consider recyclable can be difficult to recycle where we live. How do we make recycling the foundation of manufacturing?

Or should the focus be on the material chemists to create more sustainable materials? We speak with Professor Veena Sahajwalla, scientist at the University of New South Wales, Australia, to discuss a future where recycling anything is possible, and how chemistry is crucial in helping us get there.

The Zwittering On podcast, by the Salters’ Institute, explores the chemistry of our common human experience. Each week hosts Mariama and Sam are joined by a guest expert and student to explore the chemistry of a different topic and to uncover how chemistry affects our everyday lives.

We break down the science so anyone can learn more about the chemistry that is all around us. Listeners learn about how chemistry influences our present and how it can help bring positive social change now and in the future.

The Salters’ Institute is the flagship charity of the Salters’ Company. Chemistry has been our passion since we were founded in 1918. Since then, we have continued to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of chemistry and related sciences. We connect learners and educators to opportunities that transform their perception of chemistry, what it can do, how it shapes our lives and the career pathways it offers. Chemistry opens doors.

Through our digital and in-person outreach, we provide creative, fun and inspiring spaces to explore chemistry, discover its potential as a subject, and recognise those who are using chemistry to make the world a better place.