September 28th, 2018

The circular economy: inspiration or buzz phrase?

by Caroline Campbell   Is the circular economy something new, or is it just the latest buzz phrase? And how much does this matter when we start trying to apply its resource management principles in practice? These questions were surprisingly prominent in a UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) event I recently attended in Bristol. The […]

October 13th, 2017

How do waste companies become circular economy companies?

by Jade Kelly   The idea that we should work towards a circular economy is becoming increasingly mainstream. The recent launch of the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy suggests that, whether under EU law or in response to a purely domestic agenda, resource efficiency and the prevention of waste will be a high priority in […]

September 1st, 2017

Ever decreasing circles?

by Wayne Hubbard   As we move closer to a circular economy becoming a reality, we need to consider the implications for the waste management industry and its future role – because less waste will require a different infrastructure from what we have now. The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) recently launched a circular […]

August 18th, 2017

Shifting ideas: logistics and the circular economy

by Ad Lansink   Creating a circular economy, around which materials and products flow smoothly throughout their lifecycles, will require innovations in the field of logistics. There are two aspects to this: firstly, we will need adequate supply chain management – but this is also true of linear economies. Secondly, and more pertinently, we will […]

January 27th, 2017

The long and branching road to the circular economy

by Ad Lansink   The path from a linear to a circular economy will not be an easy one. There are many barriers which may hinder or delay the transition process, and many policy choices to make – each of which represents a branch along this path. However, these potential problems can be overcome – […]

June 10th, 2016

Resource plumbing: plugging the leaks in the circular economy

by Ad Lansink   Zero waste, Cradle to Cradle design and the Circular Economy are all great concepts, presenting attractive targets to work towards. However, their ultimate feasibility is another matter. As we use and recycle products, won’t there always be some loss of material? Across different technological and biological chains, time and time again […]

February 19th, 2016

Does waste have a future?

By Dominic Hogg and Mark Hilton   When the institutional economist Thorstein Veblen coined the phrase ‘conspicuous consumption’ in the late nineteenth century, it was as a caustic term saved for the very rich. In particular, it referred to the glittering socialites born of the Industrial Revolution, who Veblen saw as wanting and wasting in […]