Bringing innovative waste solutions to Tasmania

GLENORCHY Recovery Shop managing director Brad Mashman has received a $31,000 Churchill Fellowship grant to study innovative waste reduction in Europe.

Mr Mashman applied for the prestigious fellowship to enable him to study the circular economy and prevention of waste in the hopes of implementing more sustainable practices in Tasmania.

As an innovator of the tip shop concept, Mr Mashman has always had an interest in landfill and waste.

“Ever since I was a child, what always struck me was the amounts and different types of waste,” he said.

“Most materials that enter landfill are just post-consumer resources, meaning they’ve simply gone out of fashion – and yet there is nothing wrong with them.”

As part of his Fellowship, Mr Mashman will begin his three-month travels in April 2019 to Belgium, Sweden, France and the UK.

“The purpose of my trip is to investigate innovative European waste reduction models for dissemination in Tasmania and Australia,” Mr Mashman said.

“Currently the European Union (EU) is restructuring its whole economy to minimise waste and maximise on second-hand shopping.

“This is an example of transition into a circular economy, where product life is longer, and less waste is generated because consumers shop smartly.

“A circular economy delivers best value to the customer.

“In Belgium, I will investigate tips shops which are incorporated into both the public and private sectors to learn how they work together with community and businesses to develop the best possible waste reduction methods.

“Most importantly, I will be meeting with the EU commissioner’s drafters, legislators and offices delivering circular economy into EU.”

Mr Mashman will visit Rotor DC, a design and deconstruction company that operates under a model of reusing construction materials.

While in Sweden, he will study tip shop shopping malls which have integrated resource recovery centres with dedicated departmental sales points and repair centres.

In London, he will investigate symbiotic waste brokerage, construction and demolition recovery, residual waste management by Pyrolysis technology and the London community recycling network international model.

Mr Mashman said he believed Australia needed a new vision for waste management that realised the economic and social capital potential of the reuse sector.

“I am confident that the Churchill Fellowship will give me the education I need to implement positive change in the Tasmanian economy and community,” he said.

“I know that expanded reuse markets in Tasmania would provide increased access to affordable second-hand goods which could improve lifestyles and wellbeing.”

Upon returning to Tasmania, Mr Mashman would like to increase regional employment in resource recovery by having five resource recovery staffers for every one landfill staffer.

“The Churchill Fellowship experience will enable me to transfer knowledge to the Tasmanian business sector and community on how to manage waste ethically and sustainably,” Mr Mashman said.

Mr Mashman is also looking to answer community questions while he is overseas.

A suggestion box is located at the Glenorchy Recovery Shop where community members can have their say on how waste management could be improved in Tasmania.

Mr Mashman will be at the Glenorchy Recovery Shop on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December to discuss his travels and take suggestions from the local community.

Caption: Glenorchy Recovery Shop managing director Brad Mashman will travel to Europe next April as part of the Churchill Fellowship.