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New Hub paper on compostable plastic identification

Hub researchers successfully create system capable of accurately sorting compostable plastics from conventional plastic items.


New policy briefing on food waste recycling behaviours

Food recycling behaviour change strategies should consider capacity, opportunity and motivation.


New policy briefing on home compostable plastics

Home composting is not currently a viable effective or environmentally beneficial end of life option for compostable or biodegradable packaging.


New Hub publication on home compostable plastics

Hub researchers publish results and analysis from the Big Compost Experiment.


New Hub paper on sorting technologies for compostable plastics

Hub researchers review sorting and separating technologies suitable for compostable and biodegradable plastics.


Hub researcher featured on BBC Earth Lab

Hear more about plastic waste issues and tackling 'Net Zero' targets from BBC Earth Lab and UCL's Charnett Chau (Plastic Waste Innovation Hub).

Plastic Waste Innovation Hub

About Us

The Plastic Waste Hub

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including scientists, engineers, designers, and social scientists, taking a design-led approach to the issue of plastic waste.

Our core team

Ayşe Lisa Allison

Centre for Behaviour Change

Behaviour Change

Gema Amaya Santos

Chemical Engineering

Life Cycle Assessment

Esther Ambrose-Dempster


Organic Chemistry

Dr Silvia Anselmi


Biochemical Engineering

Larisha Apete

Arts and Sciences

Systems Dynamics & Life Cycle Assessment

Dr Jack Jeffries

Biochemical Engineering


Dr Fabiana Lorencatto

Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology

Behavioural Psychology

Dr Olwenn Martin

Arts and Sciences

Health & Environment

Christian Partik

Mechanical Engineering

Material Engineering

Dr Andrea Paulillo

Chemical Engineering


Polina Pencheva


Design and policy

Dr Elze Porte

Mechanical Engineering

Material Engineering

Dr Luba Prout


Chemical Engineering

Nutcha Taneepanichskul

Mechanical Engineering

Automatic Sorting Technologies

Former Team Members

Miguel Casas Arredondo

Dr Kimberley Chandler

Charnett Chau

Chemical Engineering

Biochemical Engineering

Dr Leona Leipold

Dr Beth Munro

Plastic Waste Innovation Hub

Research Manager

Dr Candace Partridge

Dr Ana Rita Pinho

Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Public Policy

Dr Gorjan Stojanovski

Biochemical Engineering


Contact Us

UCL Plastic Waste Innovation Hub

Level 2, 90 Tottenham Court Road

London W1T 4TJ

For email enquiries please contact Danielle Purkiss: