Degradation behaviour of plastic consumer products in commercial compost

Supervision team may include:

Dr Jennifer Lavers

Dr Morgan Gilmour

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 28, 2020