Drawing on 5 years of research, RRfW has pulled together their work on recovering resources from industrial waste to highlight where changes in policy are necessary in order to promote circular economy approaches in industrial waste management.
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Resource Recovery from Waste is a collaborative research programme engaging academia, industry, government and the general public to develop knowledge and tools to reduce pressure on natural resources and create value from wastes. It was set up to deliver the environmental science needed to support a radical change in the waste management landscape. With six projects at leading UK universities, the programme is building tools to model the multiple dimensions of value whilst also developing enabling biogeochemical technologies for new supply chains.
Current business support guidance may be missing opportunities to engage companies with circular economy practices by assuming that business managers and owners are solely motivated by money.
The RRfW programme formally concludes in September 2019, but leaves a vibrant legacy.
Report released from workshop on research and innovation challenges for resource recovery and circular economy, hosted jointly by RRfW and NERC in March 2019.
Resource Recovery from Waste and Zero Waste Scotland launched an impact project to apply circular economy principles to oil and gas decommissioning.
RRfW is offering a fresh perspective on how we conceive of the circular economy, with a new diagram that embeds the circular economy within the natural environment.
The RRfW programme has found that the adoption of resource recovery as part of the transition to a circular economy needs to be further promoted by a favourable policy landscape.