The University of Western Australia is in partnership with three Sri Lankan universities namely the University of Moratuwa, the University of Jaffna and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, the organization ‘Waste for Life’ and with five other local community recycling groups, to help incubate small-scale community based waste recycling businesses in Sri Lanka. This project is known as the ‘Australian-Sri Lankan University partnerships project to develop community based waste recycling businesses’ and is run by the University of Western Australia under a grant awarded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The aim of this project is to develop a unique capacity building educational program that supports development of novel community based waste recycling and product manufacturing businesses, positively contributing to local economies and environmental health, specifically clean air, water and sanitation. A creative learning facility with machineries including a hot compression press, a cold press and an industrial shredder have been already placed in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering of the University of Moratuwa for this purpose.
The Project Manager Prof. Caroline Baillie of the University of Western Australia conducted a workshop on 22nd and 23rd of October 2015 at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering for the core team members of the three local universities in Sri Lanka. The workshop focused on the development of a waste recycling technology and business curriculum for undergraduate or postgraduate or any other feasible course level. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Department of Management of Technology of the University of Moratuwa are expected to collaboratively engage in the future work of this Australian-Sri Lankan University partnerships project to develop community based waste recycling businesses.