1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Waste, Resources and the Circular Economy

Edited By Terry Tudor, Cleber JC. Dutra Copyright 2021
    468 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    468 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.