The circular economy has been identified as the most important issue that will affect the waste and resources sector in 2015, according to the respondents to an online opinion poll.
Visitors to CIWM Journal Online were given a list of topics and asked: What is the most important issue facing the resource and waste industry over the next 12 months?
Thirty nine percent of respondents were of the opinion that the circular economy would be the most important issue for the sector this year.
Twenty-one percent were of the opinion “sustainable resource and waste management” was the most important issue, 18 percent said “producer responsibility”, 14 percent said “fit-for-purpose workforce”, four percent said “public sector duty” and four percent said “supply chain waste”.
The circular economy is defined by WRAP 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.”
“Thirty nine percent of respondents were of the opinion that the circular economy would be the most important issue for the sector this year”
European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, revealed late last year that the EU’s circular economy package set out by former Environment Commissioner, Janez Potocnik, will be axed, claiming that it won’t deliver the results needed in its current form.
The Commission says new, more ambitious plans to promote a circular economy will be put in place by the end of 2015.
The original circular package included higher targets for recycling packaging waste and plans to increase recycling targets to 70 percent by 2030. (See CIWM Journal Online story)
A previous opinion poll revealed the majority of respondents (52%) are of the opinion that “it’s not likely” the Commission will deliver this new package in 2015. (See CIWM Journal Online)
In the latest CIWM Journal Online poll, we’re asking: With councils reporting cuts to budgets, recruitment and pay – as highlighted in the CIWM and Ricardo-AEA report – have you seen a drop in waste & recycling and street-cleansing service standards?
The circular economy and other sector issues will be tackled at CIWM’s Resource Conference Cymru, which takes place 10 March in Cardiff