Waste report calls for ‘a circular economy.

 

UK : Identifying the key waste and resource efficiency issues and possible solutions.

Publicado por FAMASE el 15/09/2014 (ENG)


The RWM Ambassadors are a selection of industry figures from the business supply chain, retail and waste management industry, plus public sector and academic representatives.



Their report, Ever-decreasing circles: closing in on the circular economy,  aims to identify the key questions to provoke debate on the measures that needed to move the UK towards “a circular economy”.



It addresses the policy landscape for resource management, including the fiscal framework in place to stimulate behaviour change across the supply chain. It also looks at how to engage all parties involved in recycling, both in terms of the supply chain and consumers, and the important role of local authorities.



A circular economy involves moving away from traditional buy-consume-dispose business models and adopting a more cyclical approach that – to keep materials flowing in the economy – incurs lower waste and transport costs.



In addition, the report examines how waste producers can maximise resource efficiency and be encouraged to take responsibility for product stewardship.



Suggested solutions include the need to make sure all systems, from product design and production to recycling and data collection, are shaped to deliver “optimum outcomes to help generate a circular economy”.



The authors say solutions need to be resolved at policy level and across the industry supply chain, but should be primarily designed to maximise waste prevention, maximise recycling where prevention is not possible, encourage a renewed strategic focus on food waste and improve greening of public procurement.



Steve Lee, CEO of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), said: “Food waste is the next big bite in terms of improving our recycling rate. Local authorities clearly have an important role to play in terms of household food waste and must be supported, but we also need to consider whether we should follow the Scottish approach and require the separation and collection of all food waste. CIWM has also warned government that if it cannot find another reliable way to measure and map commercial and industrial wastes, it will have to consider making edoc (electronic duty of care) a mandatory requirement.” 



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