The Circular Economy has been touted as a potential solution - an attractive concept that challenges the existing ‘take-make-waste’ linear model, and proposes a, circular, more holistic approach to growth that works for both business and the environment.


The circular economy is a new way of creating value, and ultimately prosperity. It works by extending product lifespan through improved design and servicing, and relocating waste from the end of the supply chain to the beginning - in effect, using resources more efficiently by using them over and over, not only once.


The circular economy is so named to reflect the patterns and systems of reuse and recycling of products indefinitely. Each product at end-of-life becoming a new resource rather than merely being discarded. The circular economy recognises the value of ‘waste items’, re purposing them as alternative resources that can be used again and again in a circular goods cycle. Products are designed for durability, reuse and recyclability, and materials for new products come from old products. As much as possible, everything is reused, re manufactured, recycled back into a raw material, used as a source of energy, or as a last resort, disposed of.


Over-exploitation of the planet’s natural resources has led to the idea behind the circular economy. Emerging at the beginning of the last decade, hot on the heels of the “cradle to cradle” theory, the circular economy is about recycling everything we produce, while at the same time generating zero pollution.


Topics include but are not limited to:   


Waste policy & legislation  
Appropriate policy and legislation, integrated waste management, waste and circular economy, waste as a resource, public and private partnerships, financing of waste projects & initiatives. Environmental liability & forensics, remediation, analytical techniques and methodologies, legal aspects, case studies.


Waste management strategies
National and international waste management strategies, e-waste management, ‘Smart’ solutions for the management of waste, ‘Smart’ technologies in reuse and recycling, food waste reduction and management. 


Implementation of objectives set by Operation Phakisa, liquid waste restrictions and the impact on the waste management industry, organic waste diversion from landfill & achieving regulatory targets.


Building rubble beneficiation successes and failures, informal sector inclusion and formalisation, sludge management and beneficiation.


Waste characterisation, minimisation and recycling
Analytical procedures, sampling, variations over time and geographical areas. Logistics and recycling, recycling technologies, material quality, packaging, electronic waste, construction and demolition waste, batteries, end of life vehicles, market waste, waste minimisation. 


Challenges with recycling and off-take – what if the markets cannot deal with the waste streams, but targets are set and adherence and regulatory compliance are required? Recycling subsidies? 


Waste management education, training and communication.
Communication with the public, education and training in waste management and operations for public officials.


Waste management assessment and decision making 
Environmental impact assessments, cost benefit analysis, multi criteria analysis, auditing, Best Available Technologies.


Waste collection
Optimization of collection systems, equipment & vehicles, revenue and costs, collection on demand, separate collection, case studies, subsurface systems.


Biological treatment
Composting and anaerobic digestion, emissions, product quality, degradation and pollutants during biological treatment.


Thermal treatment
Technologies and experiences, refuse derived fuel (RDF) processes, equipment and design, emissions treatment and control, residues management.


Landfill & Waste Disposal
Sustainable sanitary landfill engineering and management, landfill processes and waste mechanics, emissions - leachate and gas mitigation and management, landfill design and construction, barrier liner design and performance – basal liners and caps – performance based? Landfill operations, landfill remediation and aftercare. Landfill mining for land reuse and remediation.


Do we have a landfill airspace crisis?


Waste management and climate change
Minimisation and management of greenhouse gases arising from waste management activities and landfills, carbon emission reduction projects, carbon tax.


Waste Architecture
Urban waste collection and management design, design of facilities for separate waste collection, transfer stations, waste architecture and circular economy – eg. Beneficiation centres, design of waste treatment and/or disposal facilities.


Waste and Health
Impacts of waste management practices, waste and health studies, public perception and participation, potential health effects of waste management technologies and facilities, case studies.









































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