Note from the editor: This paper is part of a series of 3 articles focused on the circular economy in India. This series follows the report “Circular economy in India: Rethinking growth for long-term prosperity” led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation with the support of ClimateWorks and UNCTAD as knowledge partner.
Landfills are like Telephone poles: How the Circular Economy will allow low-income countries to leapfrog waste management
The vision of a global economy in which plastics never become waste is bold and has the potential to bring transformative change to the entire world. Kelsey Halling believes it will be low-income countries that lead the way.
Developing countries have not benefited from the linear economy; the economy in which goods are manufactured from raw materials, sold, used, and then discarded as waste. They have poor access to cheap goods to improve the quality of life of their populations. They do not take advantage from the extraction