Curated Session: Circular Economy
Overcoming Barriers to Sustainable Resource Management to Move toward a Circular Economy
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
8:00 – 9:30
In 2015, ISWA’s Task force on Resource Management produced six groundbreaking reports providing insights concerning waste management as we shift towards a circular economy. Following up on these reports, ISWA started a project called “Barriers to Sustainable Resource Management”, with results for the first time presented to the public in this special session. The purpose of the project was to identify and address barriers to using secondary raw materials in the production of new products, through the investigation of two test products (apparel and plastic packaging). The project also considered the barriers for recyclability, reuse, refurbishing and repair of products when approaching end of life. The project seeks to link the waste management sector with manufacturers and designers to work together along the value chain toward a more circular economy and better resource management.
This session will present the outcome of the project and complement it with other presentations of present trends, cases and the role of the waste management sector when it comes to the circular economy. These inspiring presentations will lead to a panel discussion addressing opportunities for and barriers to sustainable resource management and business models for a circular economy.
The session concludes with a panel discussing the barriers to sustainable resource management and the way forward toward a circular economy, presenting the perspectives of multiple stakeholders.