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Out of the past comes something for the future

When something old is new again … Two of a swag of environment innovations recognized under the Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) program grants are leading the way in recycling.

One, a coffee bean roaster designed by Precision Roasting and Drying Pty Ltd, of Hamilton, NSW, can run on alternate fuels such as end-of-life waste streams or biomass.

The other is an environmentally friendly product with excellent oil absorption, insulation and acoustic properties made of recycled newspaper and common fibres developed by Envirobatt Pty Ltd, of Esperance, WA.

The funding is about getting great Australian innovations into the marketplace, boosting the economy and supporting high-wage, high-skill jobs.