Join the revolution
Taking waste out of society and business
Following on from the first phase of the Resource Revolution project, FCC Environment will continue its support for the programme in 2013/14. This continues on from last year’s sponsorship of the inaugural programme which was a great opportunity to see how organisations of all types want to understand how they can benefit from waste prevention, minimisation, re-use, recycling and recovery; how waste really can be a resource.
Through its on-going involvement with the project, FCC Environment has been able to demonstrate its experience and knowledge, and gain some important insights for the future.
We want to take what we have learned and develop it further with partners throughout the supply chains to work out how we can better work together. We would love to hear your thoughts and we will be sharing our own progress here on the FCC Environment website and through other media.
The next phase of the Resource Revolution will examine how the circular economy agenda can be made relevant to businesses, regardless of size or sector, and explore the practicalities of making it work. The revolution continues.
To view the full press release click here
The Resource Revolution started with the production of ground-breaking opinion research looking at attitudes to resource efficiency and the circular economy. Published in March, the white paper – Closing the Loop: Risk or Reward? – examines the attitudes to and opportunities for developing a circular economy from a range of commercial organisations around the UK. The white paper can be downloaded here.
The leaders interviews
Below you will find the first in a series of eight interviews with key figures from a range of organisations such as John Lewis Partnership, Unilever and Coca-Cola.
Each interview provides a different perspective on the question of resource management in our age. The interviews themselves combine to become a valuable resource capturing the full spectrum of opinions on the challenges we face.
Resource Revolution expert panel debate
|The panel also included Dr Colin Church, Director for Waste, Defra; Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Design & Waste Prevention, WRAP; Sophie Thomas, Co-Director of Design, RSA; Dustin Benton, Senior Policy Advisor, The Green Alliance and Tony Dunnage, Group Environmental Engineering Manager, Unilever.||Richard Belfield speaks about the company's approach to treating waste as a resource||Maxine Perella from edie introduces the debate|
The themes and ideas generated by the Resource Revolution campaign were debated at a specially convened panel of resource revolutionaries drawn from all parts of the resource economy spectrum on Friday 10 May.
The panel, which included FCC Environment’s Richard Belfield, examined the implications of closed-loop thinking as businesses start to take back waste derived materials and energy into their supply chains. With the majority of businesses looking to engage with their waste supply chains when it comes to closing the loop on their operations, the panel assessed how waste management companies can best reposition themselves to capitalise on this trend.
You can read more about the debate on the Resource Revolution website and on edie.
What role does energy from waste have in a circular economy?
To read more and understand about the Circular Economy and what it means to the waste and recources sector, go to the Circular Economy page.
Dennis Thran, FCC Environment’s international treatment director, took part in today’s Resource Revolution debate at Sustainability Live about the future of energy from waste. Chaired by edie.net’s Maxine Perella, the panel was made up of Dr Jeremy Tomkinson, CEO of National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC), Mark Bradbury, MD of Vertical Thinking Ltd and Mark Shayler, Director of Tickety Boo.
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In the final Resource Revolution leader interview, Simon Graham, environmental strategist at Commercial Group explains how family-run companies have a head start in working towards circularity due to their survival mentality.
Unilever: Designing out waste holds ultimate value
FCC Environment: The changing role of turning waste into resource
This week it is the turn of FCC Environment’s own group development director Richard Belfield in the Resource Revolution project’s leader interviews.
He talks through the journey of FCC Environment from a business driven by landfill to treating waste as a resource, and FCC Environment’s role in helping businesses to extract value from their waste wherever they can to keep costs and environmental impact to a minimum.
He points out that business recycling rates are reaching new highs. He highlights the enthusiasm and understanding from businesses and local authorities to understand the process as they realise the benefits of recycling and recovering energy from their waste.
As the industry develops, he discusses the need for new types of collaboration to bring better services, and points to FCC Environment’s partnership with DS Smith Recycling as a potential model for future improvements. You can read a case study of this project here.
Finally, Richard Belfield looks to the future and the need for stabilising markets for recycled materials in order to justify future investment. He also points to the need to clarify or change the point in the process at which ‘waste’ becomes a valuable material again.
RSA design chief: 'Waste has to redefine itself for circular world'
In this week’s Resource Revolution ‘The Leaders’ interview, RSA design chief and founder of The Great Recovery Project Sophie Thomas talks about the contribution that design can make to the creation of a circular economy.
She describes “the most interesting opportunity” in a better understanding between a product’s design and end-of-life. She outlines how materials recyclers often have to deal with waste products as a result of designer’s decisions and calls for closer collaboration throughout the supply chain – from design through to and beyond end-of-life – to develop a circular economy.
In the fourth Resource Revolution thought leader video, Steve Read, managing director of Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP), discusses the mutual benefits of local authorities working with the private sector. In his interview, sponsored by FCC Environment, Read talks about SWP’s pioneering venture with Marks & Spencer (M&S). This partnership enabled SWP to improve and extend the council’s kerbside collections as well as helping M&S recover and close the loop on packaging materials, a key part of the retailer's Plan A sustainability drive. Plus, M&S has achieved better value regarding its producer responsibility obligations and as a result, around 12,500 tonnes of additional packaging material is captured every year.
The third Resource Revolution thought leader interview, sponsored by FCC Environment, features Patrick McGuirk, recycling director for Coca Cola Enterprises. In his interview, McGuirk explains that securing the supply of recycled materials in a local, sustainable manner to put back into remanufacture is now a pressing priority and the key CSR driver behind the company’s investment in its own reprocessing infrastructure
The second Resource Revolution thought leader video interview, sponsored by FCC Environment, features Mike Walters, the recycling & waste operations manager of John Lewis Partnership. In his interview, Walters explains how John Lewis has consolidated its waste management service providers to close the loop on some of its waste streams. He predicts the end of waste as we know it in the future which will be replaced by ‘end-of-first-life materials’ instead.
Watch the Revolution
The Resource Revolution campaign has launched the first of eight weekly 'The Leaders' interviews, sponsored by FCC Environment. In the interview, industry expert and founder EcoLateral Peter Jones discusses the role of the waste industry in the circular economy. He urges it to focus on product rather than disposal and describes the idea of a circular economy - treating what was once waste as a resource - as a "fantastic area of opportunity".
White paper highlights future of circular economy
In conjunction with FCC Environment, the Resource Revolution campaign has launched a ground-breaking white paper examining attitudes to and opportunities for developing a circular economy where what was once seen as waste becomes a valued resource.
In the report, FCC Environment's Kristian Sales says "The attitudes of organisations that generate waste are changing rapidly and this survey provides a valuable overview of those changes. "More and more, business and public institutions understand that there is value in what they throw away - and are seeking answers and advice from the waste management industry and beyond to respond and extract as much value as possible from waste materials. "This report maps progress along the journey so far. It confirms the demands upon the recycling and waste sector, thereby reducing perceived risks and showing that for those companies willing to adapt, the long-term opportunities are huge.
What’s to come with Resource Revolution
As Resource Revolution prepares to publish its FCC Environment sponsored white paper on the circular economy and upcoming leader interviews, Maxine Perella from