Repurposing Materials – Toowoomba Tip Salvage

Early investigations into the recycling of waste materials from Toowoomba’s rubbish tips commenced in May 2014, led by postgraduate student Michael Epworth. Initial discussions were with Ability Enterprises, a Toowoomba-based not for profit organisation that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities, the long-term unemployed and minority groups. Ability Enterprises, which staffs the Toowoomba tips, is interested in collaborating with LiveSpace to develop prototype furniture using scrap materials salvaged from the tips. A proposal for the initiative was sent to Toowoomba Shire Council in October 2014, with the aim of commencing in 2015.