Projects

Degradation behaviour of plastic consumer products in commercial compost

Supervisory Team:

Primary supervisor: Dr Jennifer Lavers

Co-supervisor: Dr Morgan Gilmour, IMAS adjunct

Project partners:

  • Sophia Newman, Hobart City Council, Waste Education Officer
  • Jeff Holmes, Hobart City Council, Cleansing & Waste Policy Coordinator

Brief project description:

The project investigates the behaviour of consumer items, such as “biodegradable” dog poo and zip lock bags under a range of environmentally-relevant conditions. The candidate(s) will conduct a series of experiments in collaboration with the Hobart City Council waste management facility that will test the biodegradability of products in a commercial composting system.

Candidates will investigate the degradability of these same items under environmental conditions, such as seawater and freshwater, using raceway tanks at the IMAS Launceston or Taroona facilities.

Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
October 19, 2020