Investing in making asbestos waste safe for future generations

Asbestos waste is being disposed of without keeping track of where it’s buried, and that concerns Unitec’s Terri-Ann Berry.

Berry is working on a potentially revolutionary way of using bacteria and fungi to break down asbestos into a non-hazardous form, which could one day enable asbestos “composting”.

She’s one of a group of international experts working on finding ways of taking asbestos waste, which is a legacy of the building industry of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and making it safe, instead of continuing to bury it in landfills for future generations to have to cope with.

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