At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.3 billion in 2016. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com
Paintback is taking waste paint and packaging’s colourful past to a brighter future of responsible disposal and innovative reuse. It is a world-first initiative designed to keep unwanted paint out of landfill and away from vital waterways.
Most importantly, it is driven by the industry – by the major companies that produce around 95% of all the architectural and decorative (A&D) paint sold in Australia, including 30 leading brands. DuluxGroup, PPG Industries, Valspar, Haymes and Resene are the founding members.
Since launching in 2016, more than 5 million kilograms of unwanted paint and packaging has been collected. There are over 75 dedicated collection sites spread across all State and Territories, with new ones opening all the time.
Paintback also repurposes valuable materials into recycled packaging, alternative energy and water resources in industrial processes, and it is funding research to find better uses for unwanted paint. For more information, go to www.paintback.com.au.
The Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT), part of UNSW, led by ARC Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla, has pioneered high temperature transformations of a range of problematic, complex and growing global waste streams, into valuable ‘green’ materials and inputs for reuse in industrial processes, and the invention of microfactories. To date the SMaRT centre has fostered productive collaborations with a range of industries, global research partners, governments on individual projects, effectively bridging the gap between discovery and application to solve the world’s biggest waste challenges.
The core aims of the SMaRT Centre are to develop novel research for sustainable materials and manufacturing processes, build industry partnerships to activate research for real world impact, and to disseminate green materials and manufacturing technologies that benefit industries, local communities, and enhance sustainable economic growth internationally.