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Circular Economy Hume: Investigating opportunities for the development of Community Resource Recovery Hubs in the City of Hume

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In the city of Hume, Victoria, hard waste is a major contributor to the continued usage of landfills. To combat this, the Hume City Council is developing a Collection and Redistribution Hub as a way to both divert hard waste from landfills and reduce illegal dumping. The goal of our project was to develop a prototype model for the hub that provides new economic opportunities while minimizing the cost of hard waste disposal. Critical insight was gathered through interviews with executives from circular economy businesses, walk-throughs of their facilities, tours of the current hard waste collection centres, and collaborative events with various stakeholders. Based on this insight, a model was developed that described the material flow, employment structure, potential business opportunities, digitalization, and community involvement of the hub. With these aspects of the hub we were able to address all three legs of the sustainability stool. Based on the results of a SWOT analysis of the prototype model, the Hume City Council should research the financial models of similar hubs around the world, pilot the reuse mall system through a local pop-up shop, determine a finalized location for the hub, and further investigate potential partnerships.

  • This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
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  • 2023-01-13
  • 82726
  • E-project-121322-203227
  • 2022
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Date created
  • 2022-12-13
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  • E-project-121322-203227
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