The world wakes up to waste

Publication date:
February 2020

From plastic in rivers and oceans to the contribution to climate change, the issue of waste can no longer be confined to landfill. Despite growing awareness of the consequences of our use of resources and our wasteful habits, there are many problems still to be solved. This edition examines how circular economy theory can be embedded across sectors, how we might tackle plastic in oceans and rivers, and provides practical case studies of waste hierarchies in action. This is one journal that won't end up in the recycling bin, but will be passed around family and colleagues.

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  1. There are no sustainable materials - Mark Miodownik
  2. What's wrong with waste​ - Julie Hill
  3. Embedding circular design​ - Sophie Thomas
  4. The need to mitigate risks in moving to circular food contact materials​ - Jonathan Ritson & Libby Peake
  5. How can a circular economy help us meet net zero? - Julie Hill, Patrick Mahon & Peter Maddox
  6. The Shrewsbury Cup scheme​ - Alison Thomas & Sophie Peach​
  7. Microplastics in rivers - Jamie Woodward, James Rothwell, Rachel Hurley, Jiawei Li & Marianne Ridley
  8. The role of waste to energy in the circular economy​ - Blaise Kelly​
  9. The circular economy in cities​ - David Greenfield​
  10. If you’re bothered by plastic in the ocean, take a minute to consider why it’s there​ - Mike Webster & Julie Hill
  11. The role of retail​ - Dorothy McKenzie​
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