We are very pleased to announce that our Solving Plastic Waste CRC bid has been approved to proceed to Stage 2!
Thank you to all our partners for committing resources to the bid and enabling us to build a compelling case for a research centre that is needed now to accelerate the establishment of a carbon neutral circular economy for plastics in Australia.

New partners are still able to join the bid prior to the end of Stage 2 which closes on 22 August. Those proposals awarded funding will be announced in December 2023 and these CRCs will commence operations from 1 July 2024.

The timelines for the selection round are shown below:

The challenge of plastic waste pollution

Plastics are essential for producing many products used across most sectors of the global economy. However, the existing linear plastic value chain, where plastic products are designed for performance but not for recovery or reuse, is unsustainable with most of their economic value lost at end-of-life. The results are plastic waste pollution, a major environmental challenge of this century, and related concerns about the health risks posed by microplastics.

There is a global effort to eliminate plastic waste and create a circular economy for plastics. This has the commitment of the Australian Government which has joined the High Ambition Coalition with the goal of ending plastic pollution by 2040. Furthermore, all Australian Environment Ministers have agreed to work with the private sector to design out waste and pollution, keep materials in use and foster markets to achieve a circular economy by 2030.

Description of the proposed CRC

The Solving Plastic Waste CRC will ensure that focused, industry-driven collaboration between the research sector, governments and the entire plastics value chain is effectively enabled over the next decade to transform the way plastic products are designed, manufactured, used, recovered, and recycled, and how microplastic soil pollution is remediated. This will be achieved by developing improved product designs, new materials, technologies, and processes, and by exploring new business models and economic systems.

It will accelerate Australia’s progress towards its targets of eliminating plastic pollution, establishing a circular and climate neutral economy for plastics, and growing a competitive, sustainable advanced manufacturing sector.


The partners relevant to the CRC bid span the entire plastic value chain and include: plastic manufacturers, plastic processors, major brand owners, recycling companies, relevant industry associations, and councils. They also include governments, industry bodies, non-government organisations, and universities.

Some partners in the application to establish the Solving Plastic Waste CRC are shown below:


If you are interested in learning more about the CRC and becoming a partner, please contact us.