Waste can be exciting stuff – no, really! October 14 Associate and energy expert Rachel Stanley handpicks some examples of the circular economy in action.
Every year, the UK produces millions of tonnes of waste. In 2012, 48.5 million tonnes of waste was sent to landfill – that means 48.5 million tonnes of resources have been fashioned, used and discarded forever. I’ve always witnessed this rather like watching a horror film: awaiting the impending doom, helpless to do anything. Yes, I try to recycle (mostly), but in the big scheme of things, what difference will one or two recycled plastic bottles make?
Until I heard about the circular economy, that is.
What does that mean exactly? WRAP defines the circular economy as “an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.” Read more →