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The Routledge Handbook of Waste, Resources and the Circular Economy

ISBN 9780367364649
Published December 28, 2020 by Routledge
468 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Handbook introduces, contextualises, critiques, and discusses a range of perspectives associated with the concept of the circular economy. These perspectives span an array of subjects including economics, environmental policymaking, sociology, environmental science, environmental and industrial engineering, management, international development, and human geography.

A fundamental underpinning of the Handbook is that it takes account of a wide range of sectors, as well as geographical perspectives that incorporate both a Global North and Global South world context. This approach is crucial because it is only within such a holistic perspective that the circular economy concept can truly be examined. In addition, these issues are examined both from a theoretical as well as a practical perspective, using real-world case studies for illustration.

Given its wide subject, sectoral, and geographical areas of focus, the Handbook should be of value not only for those undertaking research in the field of circular economy, but also stakeholders involved in policymaking, as well as decision-making on the front line.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: examining the concept of the circular economy

Terry Tudor and Cleber JC. Dutra


The need for and challenges surrounding circularity

2. Natural resources. Consumption, pollution, and health risks: developed versus developing economies

Giovanni Vinti and Mentore Vaccari

3. Consumption and materialism: from acquisitive to responsible materialism

Isadora do Carmo Stangherlin and John Thøgersen

4. Embedding more circular approaches to the management of resources

Louise Maxwell

5. Environmental justice, waste management, and the circular economy: global perspectives

Paul Cox

6. Resource consumption and the associated health risks: a brief overview

Terry Tudor

7. The Sustainable Development Goals as drivers for change

David C. Wilson

8. Triggers for industrial symbiosis: lessons learnt from twenty-five case studies

Karen Miller and Doroteya Vladimirova

9. Bought today, gone tomorrow? From linear to circular consumption

Melanie Jaeger-Erben


Measuring and implementing circularity

10. Africa – juxtaposition between rapid urbanisation, industrialisation, and the need to preserve traditional circular systems

Sally-Anne Kasner, Sarah O’Carroll

11. Circular start-ups: five business model archetypes as frontrunners of circular disruption

Marvin Henry and Julian Kirchherr

12. Ecodesign and circular design of products: concepts, assessment, and strategies

Vicente B. Vert and Eva Verdejo

13. Approaches to monitoring and evaluation of resource recovery from waste towards a circular economy

Eleni Iacovidou and Elena Lovat

14. Complexity and the circular economy: systems approaches for change

Martha Bicket

15. Circular economy meso-level planning: an approach with ‘distributed economies’

Mario Augusto Monteiro and Cleber JC. Dutra


Policy and legislative considerations

16. The role of policy in creating a more circular economy

Patrick J Mahon

17. Legal considerations for a circular economy

Sean Thomas

18. Economic and trade considerations of circular economy approaches

Paul Sheeran

19. Managing waste at the national and local levels

Christian Zurbrügg


Sharing economies and capacity building

20. Making sustainable markets and the forming of a circular economy

Katy Mason and Thomas Jalili Tanha

21. Becoming eco-literate through experiential encounters with food

Gia Daprano

22. Implementing low carbon strategies – analysis of barriers

Johannes Fresner, Fabio Morea, Christina Krenn, Anton Kleshkov and Fabio Tomasi

23. Overcoming financial, social, and environmental challenges faced by cooperatives: case studies from the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Tania Nunes da Silva and Eugenio Avila Pedrozo

24. The informal recycling sector – environmental criminals or the future of the circular economy?

Mike Webster

25. Refugee camps and circular economy in Palestinian West Bank: challenges and opportunities

Marco Caniato and Valérie Thöni



26. Exploring household dynamics for recycling in the UK: a case study of recycling habits in Greater London

Annabelle Boulay, Guy M. Robinson, Stewart Barr, Gareth Shaw, Alan Metcalfe

27. Circular start-ups: five business model archetypes as frontrunners of circular disruption

Marvin Henry and Julian Kirchherr

28. Enablers and barriers for industrial symbiosis: lessons learnt from twenty-five case studies

Doroteya Vladimirova and Karen Miller

29. A proposed approach for a solid waste collection system in an African rural town: a case study from Kenya

Mentore Vaccari

30. Circular economy opportunities in Africa – emerging sectors and missing narratives

Sally-Anne Kasner and Sarah O’Carroll



31. Modular Smartphones and Circular Design Strategies: The Shape of Things to Come?

Sabine Hielscher, Melanie Jaeger-Erben and Erik Poppe

32. The Use of By-Products in New Materials

Rory Doherty, Elizabeth Gilligan, Charlie Farrell, Sreejith Nanukuttan and Ruth Morrow

33. Using circular supply chains to create community biogas

Ananya Mukherjee

34. Circular economy initiatives in India: a case study approach

V. Madha Suresh


Use of technologies

35. Product-service system business models and circular economy

Miying Yang

36. Circular business models in selected geographical contexts: an analysis of two cases

Gianmarco Bressanelli, Nicola Saccani and Marco Perona

37. Implementing low carbon strategies in SMEs: auditing strategies

Johannes Fresner, Fabio Morea, Christina Krenn, and Fabio Tomasi

38. Circular economy principles in Africa: the case of the off-grid solar in Kenya

Federico Magalini, Joe Segal, and Marco Meloni

39. Circular supply chain: emerging opportunities and challenges

Uthayasankar Sivarajah and Elizabeth Ragonga

40. Conclusion: closing thoughts

Terry Tudor and Cleber JC. Dutra

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Terry Tudor has worked in the fields of sustainable waste management and circular economy since 2003. This work has been undertaken both in the United Kingdom as well as abroad (e.g., in Italy, Brazil, Barbados, and India). He works as a consultant. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Northampton, UK.

Cleber JC. Dutra is an associate professor and research fellow in sustainability management at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and the Technische Universität Berlin (Germany). He has been examining approaches to sustainability through multiparadigmatic perspectives as a mechanism to overcome its understanding shortcomings. His main areas of interest include innovation, sustainability, circular economy, multiorganisational programmes, resource efficiency, pro-environmental/sustainable behaviour, and CSR.