Journal article

Transforming Municipal Solid Waste into Construction Materials

Massoud Sofi, Ylias Sabri, Zhiyuan Zhou, Priyan Mendis

Sustainability | MDPI AG | Published : 2019


Rapid urbanisation and the associated infrastructure development are creating a deficit of conventional construction materials and straining the natural resources. On the other hand, municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal poses a serious environmental problem. Landfilling of MSW is both costly and polluting. Incineration of MSW to generate energy is a commonly adopted approach. However, there are concerns associated with micro pollutants emitted from the combustion process. The carbon footprint of the process and the environmental cost–benefit balancing are disputable. There is clearly a need to adopt cost-effective alternatives to treat MSW. This paper proposes the potential application of “t..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council's Discovery Early Career Researcher Grant

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by University of Melbourne and the Australian Research Council's Discovery Early Career Researcher Grant (DE170100165, DE 2017 R1) and financial support from the Melbourne Research Scholarship. The MSW sample provided by Bioelektra Pty Ltd. is gratefully acknowledged. The authors acknowledge Colin Rawson from Vortex Industrial Solutions Ltd. for processing the MSW sample through the 2018 VIS36500-AUS advanced vortex-oscillation technology with noise attenuation system (PCT/AU2018/050337).