WASTE FOR LIFE

BASURA POR VIDA

WASTE FOR LIFE

BASURA POR VIDA

About Waste for Life

Waste for Life is a loosely joined network of scientists, engineers, educators, designers, and cooperatives working together to develop poverty reducing solutions to specific ecological problems. We use scientific knowledge and low-threshold/high-impact technologies to add value to resources . . .

 

 

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About
Waste for Life

Waste for Life is a loosely joined network of scientists, engineers, educators, designers, and cooperatives working together to develop poverty reducing solutions to specific ecological problems. We use scientific knowledge and low-threshold/high-impact technologies to add value to resources that are commonly considered harmful or without worth, but are often the source of livelihood for society’s poorest members.

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RECENT PROJECTS

What’s Happening

Waste for Life has two ongoing projects – in Sri Lanka and Argentina. We have team members and collaborators in both countries, but the ultimate beneficiaries of our work are always the community groups and cooperatives that we have worked alongside since 2007.

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Project Sri Lanka: Yaal Fibre

Project Sri Lanka: Senasuma Recycling Center

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Waste for Life’s work is supported by international teams of university faculty and student researchers

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What’s Happening

Waste for Life has two ongoing projects – in Sri Lanka and Argentina. We have team members and collaborators in both countries, but the ultimate beneficiaries of our work are always the community groups and cooperatives that we have worked alongside since 2007.

Learn more about our projects

Project Sri Lanka: Yaal Fibre

Project Sri Lanka: Senasuma Recycling Center

See our research

Waste for Life’s work is supported by international teams of university faculty and student researchers

Learn more

RECENT STORIES

roof interior

Proof of Concept

On 23rd August, after months of planning, designing, testing, and coordinating - not to mention years of prior materials research - Paul Burnham joined our team members, Ashok Thayalan and Reddy Pramathanath in Jaffna to help replace an asbestos toilet block roof with...
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toilet block

Toilet Blocks

Paul Burnham (http://www.paulburnham.com.au/) arrived in Colombo yesterday and heads up to Jaffna tomorrow to work with Ashok and Reddy on our asbestos-replacement roof project. Chern NG, our in-house Perth architect . . .

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dengue warning

Dengue Fever

I’m thinking about dengue fever today. I thought about it last week, and the week before that, but I’m more focused today. Let me explain. For almost three years, we’ve been working on a project whose funding protocols required submission of an extensive risk assessment . . .

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roof interior

Proof of Concept

On 23rd August, after months of planning, designing, testing, and coordinating - not to mention years of prior materials research - Paul Burnham joined our team members, Ashok Thayalan and Reddy Pramathanath in Jaffna to help replace an asbestos toilet block roof with...
Read more
toilet block

Toilet Blocks

Paul Burnham (http://www.paulburnham.com.au/) arrived in Colombo yesterday and heads up to Jaffna tomorrow to work with Ashok and Reddy on our asbestos-replacement roof project. Chern NG, our in-house Perth architect . . .

Read more
dengue warning

Dengue Fever

I’m thinking about dengue fever today. I thought about it last week, and the week before that, but I’m more focused today. Let me explain. For almost three years, we’ve been working on a project whose funding protocols required submission of an extensive risk assessment . . .

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SOCIAL CONNECT

Our community

Our Waste for Life partners comprise an international network of people who pool their talents and resources to develop inventive, community driven, needs-based technologies. We freely disseminate those technologies . . .

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3 months ago

Waste for Life - Argentina - Sri Lanka

With the help of our colleagues at Paalam project and architects Paul Burnham and Chern Ng, we replaced an Asbestos roof at a toilet block in Irubali, Jaffna with a roof made out of Rice Husk, Banana fibre and waste HDPE plastic waste. We manufactured the tiles at our facility at The University of Jaffna, Ariviyal Nagar using a Hot Press machine.

This is the first application of our prototype asbestos replacement project, which substitutes upcycled fiber reinforced waste plastics for traditional asbestos roofs. We will study the behavior of the tiles while additional tests on the mechanical properties will be conducted at The University of Western Australia and The Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka. If successful, we hope to launch a small community-run green composite tile making business that can provide an alternative to the asbestos roofs commonly used in houses in Jaffna, SL.
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With the help of our colleagues at Paalam project and architects Paul Burnham and Chern Ng, we replaced an Asbestos roof at a toilet block in Irubali, Jaffna with a roof made out of Rice Husk, Banana fibre and waste HDPE plastic waste. We manufactured the tiles at our facility at The University of Jaffna, Ariviyal Nagar using a Hot Press machine. 

This is the first application of our prototype asbestos replacement project, which substitutes upcycled fiber reinforced waste plastics for traditional asbestos roofs. We will study the behavior of the tiles while additional tests on the mechanical properties will be conducted at The University of Western Australia and The Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka. If successful, we hope to launch a small community-run green composite tile making business that can provide an alternative to the asbestos roofs commonly used in houses in Jaffna, SL.

One of the research trajectories we're following in our Sri Lankan project has to do with composite building materials. It's something we've been interested in for years, but have not had the resources or personnel to pursue. Thanks to the hard work of Ashokcline Thayalan and Reddy in our Killinochchi facility and Chern Ng, our architect-in-residence in Perth, we've prototyped both a plastic-reinforced rice husk and banana fibre corrugated roof that we'll install on a toilet block in one of the Dust/Paalam project housing enclaves. If it's successful - and we expect it will be - we hope to replace all of the asbestos roofs in these enclaves. ... See moreSee Less

One of the research trajectories were following in our Sri Lankan project has to do with composite building materials. Its something weve been interested in for years, but have not had the resources or personnel to pursue. Thanks to the hard work of Ashokcline and Reddy in our Killinochchi facility and Chern Ng, our architect-in-residence in Perth, weve prototyped both a plastic-reinforced rice husk and banana fibre corrugated roof that well install on a toilet block in one of the Dust/Paalam project housing enclaves. If its successful - and we expect it will be - we hope to replace all of the asbestos roofs in these enclaves.