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Waste 2.0

Waste 2.0

Dr Chris Luebkeman
Arup Fellow
foresight@arup.com

Is zero waste achievable?

Modern consumption habits are creating a waste epidemic. But what are the visible and invisible impacts of a global recycling system? Waste prevention is a more sustainable option than waste minimisation. Action at organisational and government level is required to promote waste-prevention at all scales.

What could you reuse?

Upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials into new products of better quality. Successful waste reduction depends heavily on imaginative reuse of recoverable materials across product categories. Clothing manufacturers, for example, are increasingly upcycling waste plastics into fabrics.

When does waste become a resource? As of 2017, the global population extracts about 60 billion tonnes of raw materials a year, 50% more annually than 30 years ago. This trend, combined with demographic shifts and rapid urbanisation, threatens to make resource scarcity a major concern within our lifetimes. Successful waste reduction depends heavily on imaginative reuse of recoverable materials across product categories.

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