New CIWM report on circular economy and the waste sector published

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Source: Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)

St Peters Gardens, UK — Lack of awareness and poor clarity of terminology of circular economy are hampering interest and buy-in within organisations. This is one of the key findings of a new report on „The Circular Economy: what does it mean for the waste and resource management sector?“ that has recently been released by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). The study bases on responses from over 600 CIWM members and other industry leaders from across England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

The report found that while there is still uncertainty over what the circular economy means and what it can achieve, more than 80 per cent of respondents were either ‘very’ or ‘reasonably’ familiar with the term. Survey respondents indicated that they felt that few organisations or sectors were well prepared for the circular economy. Scottish and Welsh policy makers, research organisations, reprocessors and consultancies were seen as best prepared. Sectors regarded by those responding as least prepared were local authorities, English policy makers and retailers.

The desired intention of CIWM was to seek a deeper understanding of and preparedness for the circular economy from across a broad range of the waste and resources industry, especially focused on the CIWM membership.

The research sought to reveal what the broad spectrum of organisations and individuals in this sector understand by the term ‘circular economy’ and how their attitudes and opinions vary across the different parts of the sector and across the five countries. The research too sought to provide CIWM with an insight into what infrastructure, policy or awareness support the sector needs and what opportunities are available in relation to the circular economy. It was hoped to provide a foundation for CIWM’s future leadership in
this area.

The report on „The Circular Economy: what does it mean for the waste and resource management sector?“ can be downloaded under ciwm-journal.co.uk.

Source: Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)