Make an impact on recycling – using the Circular Economy in the Local Community – innovate and create solutions to reduce landfill and carbon emissions (2019-20)

Make an impact on recycling – using the Circular Economy in the Local Community – innovate and create solutions to reduce landfill and carbon emissions (2019-20)

Project outcomes

Sponsored by Hobsons Bay City Council


Project title:
Make an impact on recycling – using the Circular Economy in the Local Community – innovate and create solutions to reduce landfill and carbon emissions
Description of the project:

With significant change happening in the recycling industry, we are facing the nationwide challenges of how to deal with waste recycling in a long term sustainable manner. Hobson’s Bay City Council (HBCC) want to set the challenge for a MITI team to look at ways to completely disrupt the way they recycle waste in their municipality and unlock the potential resources within waste streams that currently end up in landfill.

Within the municipality of HBCC there is a unique mix of industry, residents and infrastructure. HBCC is investigating ways that the waste generated can be turned into products within the municipality that can be used locally creating a circular economy. The MITI team will work with local industry and community to identify and create new opportunities to reduce and recycle waste.

Project brief

Project brief

Sponsored by Hobsons Bay City Council

Location:
Altona, Victoria, 3018
Description of the project:

With significant change happening in the recycling industry, we are facing the nationwide challenges of how to deal with waste recycling in a long term sustainable manner. Hobson’s Bay City Council (HBCC) want to set the challenge for a MITI team to look at ways to completely disrupt the way they recycle waste in their municipality and unlock the potential resources within waste streams that currently end up in landfill.

Within the municipality of HBCC there is a unique mix of industry, residents and infrastructure. HBCC is investigating ways that the waste generated can be turned into products within the municipality that can be used locally creating a circular economy. The MITI team will work with local industry and community to identify and create new opportunities to reduce and recycle waste.

Project outcomes

This project has been closed
Project Aims:

This will require significant cross sector collaboration and behaviour and process change. Potential areas of investigation could include:

  • How could we introduce smart bin technology to reduce contamination
  • Developing apps and games to encourage community engagement and make recycling fun
  • Pricing and incentive models
  • Unlocking recycling uses that can be developed locally

A team of 3 to 4 is proposed with a skills to be considered from the following areas:

  • Engineering – all types
  • Data analytics
  • Project Management
  • Design
  • Education
  • Science
  • Business/ Economics
  • Marketing
Available to:
Undergraduate students in penultimate and subsequent year (including honours)
Postgraduate students
PhD students (coursework and research)
Sector:
Government
Employment Type:
Scholarship

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are currently enrolled full-time at Monash including for the period December 2019 to end of February 2020.

Selection Criteria:

Your application will be reviewed by senior university members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application including spelling & grammar
  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select
  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project (s) you apply for
  • Extra - curricular activities (i.e. sports/clubs & societies/memberships)
  • Career goals & ambitions
  • Academic performance
  • Successful completion of group activity
  • Successful interview with industry partner

Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.
  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.
Duration:
12 Weeks
Max number of recipients:
4
Application process:

A cover letter and current CV are mandatory requirements of the application process.

Your cover letter should state the following information in a clear and concise manner:

  • why this project is of particular interest to you
  • an outline of your experience either through work, study or other interests to support your application
  • what you can contribute as a member of the team

Hobsons Bay City Council

The City of Hobsons Bay is situated at the northern end of Port Phillip Bay, about 7kms west of central Melbourne. Hobsons Bay is known for its rich natural environment, its maritime history and its industrial strength.

The Yalukit Wilum clan were the first people to occupy the area now known as Hobsons Bay. A number of sites of significance to the Aboriginal community are located throughout the municipality, particularly along the coastal trail.

Hobsons Bay was created on 22 June 1994, following the amalgamation of the former Cities of Williamstown and Altona with parts of Laverton and South Kingsville.

It includes the suburbs of Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn, Laverton, Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Williamstown and Williamstown North. Each suburb has its own unique character, from the historic seaport of Williamstown with its range of heritage buildings, to the more recently developed residential areas of Altona Meadows and Seabrook. Hobsons Bay also has a range of major industrial complexes, which contribute significantly to the economy of Victoria.

Hobsons Bay is unique to the Western Metropolitan Region. It covers an area of approximately 64 square kilometres with over 20kms of coastline. It is also home to significant coastal wetlands, five creek systems, remnant native grasslands, and important flora and fauna habitats, which makes up 24 per cent of the city’s total land area.

The city is located between seven and 20 kilometres from the CBD and has good access to regional transport facilities such as the West Gate Freeway, the Western Ring Road, CityLink, the National Rail Line, together with the ports and airports of Melbourne and Avalon.

In 2016, Hobsons Bay had an estimated resident population of 95,046 people, which is forecast to increase by 10 per cent (or 10,770) by 2030. 31 per cent of our residents are born overseas, speaking over 100 different languages and practising over 90 faiths.

Our community loves Hobsons Bay for its proximity to the CBD, the beach, its parks and green spaces, its vibrant atmosphere and sense of community, its character housing and above all, its people. For many, Hobsons Bay is the ideal place to live.