Are we actually working towards a Circular Economy?
Upcoming changes to waste and resource industry legislation aim to increase recycling rates and increase the use of post-consumer recycled materials in packaging, among other material streams. But the issues our planet faces are bigger than can be combatted by increased recycling rates alone; our production and manufacturing industries must undergo a systemic shift to become more circular, and the resources and waste sector must support and guide linear industries on their journey to circularity.
When discussing resource minimisation and consumption reduction, Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said: “We should not forget that the world has finite renewable resources and we cannot continue to be profligate in our consumption habits just because we are using renewable resources. One world living means just that, cutting our cloth to match our means, equitably distributing the renewable resources, not just between humans but also to nature. 'Stealing from the bees' to fuel our bad habits just won't cut the mustard!”
At RWM 2021, Stuart takes to the stage to address the key challenges and opportunities faced in our transition to a circular economy, and highlights that while progress is advancing, there is still much to be done.