The Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation (ISJO) is pleased to announce a new research collaboration with researchers from University of Wollongong’s Global Challenges Program. 

The Global Challenges Program has provided Seed funding for a UOW research team to investigate ways to reduce the number of unwanted lounges, timber furniture and other bulky items from kerbside collection and waste depot drop-offs from going to landfill.

The research project is the first stage of a longer term study to focus on not only landfill volume reduction, but also explore the reuse of components of this form of waste.  It is intended that the research will explore insights and recommendations for collection models and reprocessing; as well as identify potential new products and business models providing opportunities for local businesses looking for new opportunities to diversify. 

Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation’s Deputy Chair Clr Marianne Saliba says, “Collection and disposal of bulky waste such as lounges and timber furniture is a growing issue for our region’s councils. Our research with the University of Wollongong’s Global Challenges Program will enable us to learn more about how these redundant products, which to date have been considered waste, can be reprocessed and potentially form new products for our local business entrepreneurs to take up.”

Background Info:

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation (ISJO) was established in 2018 to bring together all parts of the community to deliver on a shared regional narrative.  Within a framework of collective achievement, ISJO leads regional priorities and initiatives for the Illawarra Shoalhaven region through forming collaborative relationships and partnerships; as well as building capacity within and across its four member councils:  Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City Council, Kiama Municipal Council and Shoalhaven City Council.

UOW’s Global Challenges Program is a strategic interdisciplinary research initiative designed to harness the diverse expertise of world-class researchers from the University of Wollongong to address real-world problems. Global Challenges research teams address problems beyond the scope of a single discipline, in collaboration with industry, government and wider community. 

The interdisciplinary team comprises researchers from the school of geography and sustainable communities; the national institute of applied statistics research; Engineering and Information Sciences; and the schools of Business and Law.