Wall and ceiling panel manufacturer Bondor has received a Cooperative Research Centre Projects $2.7 million grant to help it transform plastic waste into lightweight prefabricated building products.
Bondor, together with the University of Melbourne, Pipemakers Australia, and M Modular, will work to boost the local recycling of plastic waste and improve the productivity of Australia’s construction industry.
The project will cost $8.76 million in total and runs until mid-2023. The $2.7 million grant is funded as part of round eight of the federal government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects program.
Bondor executive general manager Geoff Marsdon said the project will have a substantial impact.
“The building and construction sector in Australia consumes around 700,000 tonnes of plastics each year, which is 20 percent of Australia’s plastic consumption,” he said.
“Less than 12 percent is recycled and more than 40 percent is disposed of in landfill. We can address this problem by recycling this plastic waste into lightweight prefabricated building products.”
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