Every day, 600 trucks full of garbage arrive. Sometimes they transport special waste, such as out of date fire extinguishers, waste from hospitals, old refrigerators or electricity cables. Two people are fulltime disassembling extinguishers.
‘Waste is great! “Susanna van der Heide calls from the Waste and Energy Company (AEB) in Amsterdam.
AEB transformed from a company for waste incineration into a commodity and energy company.
New products, including energy are made out of bags full of garbage and other waste.
The approach of circular economy is: make – use – maintain/ reuse/ remanufacture/ recycle. Waste should be seen as source of valuable resources. Products should be repaired, remanufactured and reused. A genius idea in times when resources get scarce – be it oil, water or different metals and when the world has to face a growing population. It is estimated that 9.2 billion people will live on earth in 2050 (UN).
The world in 2050: That world is a fair, high-tech and sustainable one – with advances that mean food for all, a reformed capitalism, and a circular economy.
But the road getting there will not be easy.
The more I look at the two sides – the environment and the economy – the more convinced I become that the way forward is to fully integrate resource efficiency into the way we live and do business in the world.
We know why a circular economy is a good idea. At the moment the world is still locked into a linear production chain that is resource intensive. We obtain resources and then discard them as waste.
You find a trace of cans, bottles, packs, plastic carrier bags and packaging for fast food along popular hiking paths and even in the middle of the forest.
A safe and harmonious society is a clean society, says Sander van Walsum. Every day he picks up litter and cleans roads and parks for the society! A self made volunteer that can’t stand the increasing mess in the community.
Along the way I pick all sorts of rubbish. Most of it are packaging materials and plastic bags.
Nevertheless, progress to EU waste targets is mixed. Achieving the EU’s long-term objective of establishing a circular economy will require far-reaching technological, behavioral and organizational changes. Read More
It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach.
Since 2015, Unilever is reusing all regular waste from more than 240 factories in 67 countries worldwide. This saves the company 200 million USD.
Unilever- multinational food and non-food – reports that they are the first industrial group of this size, avoiding landfill on this scale. It was not only a matter of saving money, there were also created hundreds of jobs with this approach. Read More