The City of Hobart is supporting AAEE to host a design brief challenge to encourage Tasmanian students to make a marketable product from non-hazardous waste (rubbish).

Why? Tasmanians create 636,342 tonnes of waste each year, which is a huge amount! This waste might come from constructing or pulling down buildings, factories or from peoples’ homes, to name a few sources. About 35% of wastes are recycled or composted. That leaves 0.8 tonnes or 800 kgs per person that we put into landfill (tips), every year.

We believe we should try to reduce, re-use and then recycle our waste. If we did, we could probably reduce, re-use and recycle more wastes (and more types of wastes) than we do now. We need to ‘rethink’ the way we use resources especially since creating waste often contributes to global warming and climate change – think about all the things we use and how many resources went into making them.

Who can enter:

Students in Tasmania between 10-21 years of age are encouraged to enter by creating a marketable prototype.

WasteNot! Design Challenge objectives:

  • to divert waste from landfill;
  • to encourage innovative thinking and design in young people – (10-21 year olds);
  • to encourage young people and the wider community to think about waste as a possible resource, especially those wastes which are not currently being recycled;
  • to encourage young people to imagine creating a marketable product using a previously unwanted material, running a business and learning a new range of useful, transferable skills.

The Prize

The winner will receive $1000 worth of mentoring from a product developer and/or business person. The mentor will help the winner to develop and market their product. The winning prototype will be displayed in the Art from Trash exhibition at the Long Gallery, Hobart from May 20 to 1 June 2018.

How to enter

Create a prototype from current waste materials and submit 3 photos and a short description by 30 April 2018.

Watch the video above for inspiration and to find out more!

Download the WasteNot! 2018 Design Brief for full selection criteria and submission guidelines.

Submissions & enquiries can be sent to: