Waste as a Resource
Recent Developments in the Area of Waste as a Resource, with Particular Reference to the Circular Economy as a Guiding Principle
Published:01 Jul 2013
H. Pinjing, L. Fan, Z. Hua, and S. Liming, in Waste as a Resource, ed. R. E. Hester, R. M. Harrison, R. Harrison, and R. Hester, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013, pp. 144-161.
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Nowadays, an increasing number of countries realise the need for a circular economy; similar concepts, such as “sustainable society” and “recyclable society”, have been proposed, together with a series of practices such as those embodied in the terms “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe”, “Biomass Refinery Industrial Complex” (Japan) and “EcoAgrobusiness Park” (New Jersey, USA). Resource‐ and energy‐recovery from waste plays an essential role in the context of a circular economy. In this chapter, the relationship of waste to the circular economy is discussed on the basis of recent successful practices. The technical and economic viability of waste as a resource is described.