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.
Next week, the New Plastics Economy initiative will kick off in London. Chris Grantham of IDEO explains why it’s significant.
With 60 million of old tyres stock piled or dumped around South Africa, waste tyres have become a significant problem. The country’s waste management infrastructure is almost inexistent and recovery rate for disused tyres hardly reaches 4%. Illegal dumps filled up by 10 million of waste tyres per year are
One thing the circular economy should not be confused with is some sort of perpetual gadget machine in which stuff is made and remade with nary a loss or impediment, with nothing new or unsullied: a place where eager businesses recover their products and magic them back to life for their customers with no waste.
With the release of the European Commission’s circular economy package on Wednesday, there has been no shortage of writing on this topic. Opinion has been divided over the contents of the proposals, so in this week’s Circulate on Fridays, we’ll give a digest of some of the analysis from the
Despite the high-tech promises of the past, we don’t yet live in a paperless world. Whilst computers, phones, tablets and e-readers have proliferated, they haven’t made much of a dent on paper use, which has increased in recent years.
While the transition to a circular economy is underway, the recovery of metals and minerals from existing and future ‘above-ground’ resources or waste materials forms a key part of the economic opportunity presented in this new framework.