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Innovative use for industrial waste to be rewarded

Tasmanian artists, designers and craftspeople with innovative flair have been encouraged to enter a new design competition to develop an ongoing, marketable product from industrial waste.

The inaugural ,000 Bricolage Design Prize was launched on November 12 by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt.

The title Bricolage is borrowed from the French word bricoler and means ‘construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of materials’.

The design project has several aims:

  • to establish a marketable, durable, ‘mass produceable’ product using an ongoing source of materials from industry;

  • to encourage the establishment of a small business using a previously unwanted material;

  • to divert waste from landfill;

  • to forge connections between industry and designers; and

  • to encourage industry and the wider community to think about waste as a possible resource.

It is estimated that commercial and industrial waste contributes to about 30 per cent of the total waste stream.

Of this, it is estimated that only about 44 per cent is recycled.

While there are many successful recycling businesses established in Tasmania, the evidence suggests that many useful industrial materials are still entering landfill.

Local councils can play major role in reducing this by asking landfill workers to be on the lookout for ongoing sources of waste such as plastic offcuts, metal scrap and textiles.

Local government can also encourage small or large industries to identify potential useful materials, particularly if they are in contact with artists, designers, craftspeople and innovators who may be interested in this project.

To access the selection criteria for the Bricolage Design Prize, go to
www.environment.tas.gov.au/bricolage or contact Waste Minimisation Officer on (03) 62336518 (Mondays and Tuesdays) or email EnvironmentEnquiries@environment.tas.gov.au.

Entries for the prize close on 13 May 2008. The winner will be announced on World Environment Day, 5 June 2008.

The ,000 prize is sponsored by the Tasmanian Government’s Living Environment Program.