"...the first thing we all have to question is our personal habits..." - Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an awarded recycling scientist, innovator, and engineer. Her focus is on toxic and complex wastes, many don't see can be recycled. She works with a variety of industries worldwide on the world's most challenging waste streams reaching the landfills. By taking a deeper look at the elements of the product she finds a new life for these challenging materials. Take tires for example, typically told their life ends when the tread is too low, rendering them useless. But rather Veena takes a look at the elements, carbon, and hydrogen and utilizes them in making steel, which is called green steel.
Why can't some materials be recycled? What is collectively the problem? How can we take the end of life materials into a circular economy? What is a micro-factory? Are there mainstream solutions or benefits that everyone can agree upon? In this podcast, The Waste Collective, discuss with Veena on some solutions, programs, initiatives, and collaborations around communities to produce solutions in recycling and waste.
To learn about altering challenging wastes end of life to a new life, listen to the 26:56 minute podcast below;