Unmaking Waste in Production and Consumption: Towards The Circular Economy

Robert Crocker
University of South Australia, Australia

Christopher Saint
University of South Australia, Australia

Guanyi Chen
Tianjin University, China

Yindong Tong
Tianjin University, China

Product Details
13 Sep 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
376 pages - 152 x 229mm
The legacies of a century of fossil-fuel based development and overconsumption, of treating the environment as a waste sink for industry and agriculture, have left devastating impacts on the earth’s air, water and land, and these are directly implicated in Climate Change. In response, a number of global institutions and nations, including the European Union and China, have committed themselves to the development of a ‘circular economy’. This will require a transformation of today’s ‘linear economy’ of ‘make, use and dispose’ as the market dictates, into a Circular Economy. 

The aim of the Circular Economy is to decouple economic growth from resource and energy use through iterative, systemic social, economic and technological reform. This book presents new theoretical and practical insights into this concept, based on case studies from both the developing and developed world, with an emphasis on economic and material transformation, design for reuse and waste reduction, industrial ‘symbiosis’ (the planned circulation of resources and energy within an industrial setting), and social innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Four central themes emerge through the essays presented here: the importance of ‘restorative design’ in transforming resource flows through both production and consumption, the value of understanding and enumerating wastes in more detail to enable their reuse, the central role of advancing technology and applied science to further this transformation of materials for reuse, and finally, a reconfiguration of design, consumption and retail, so that the present ‘linear’ economy of ‘make, use and trash’ can be replaced with a more ‘circular’ model.
Preface: Professor Li’an Hou - Academic, Chinese Academy of Engineering 
Introduction. Robert Crocker, Christopher Saint, Guanyi Chen, and Yindong Tong  
Part 1: History, Theory and Experience 
1. From ‘Spaceship Earth’ to the Circular Economy: The Problem of Consumption; Robert Crocker 
2. Can Economics assist the Transition to the Circular Economy?; Martin Shanahan 
3. China’s Policies for promoting a Circular Economy: Past-Decade Experiences, Future Plans and Success Stories; Xu Zhao 
4. Biosolids: The Growing Potential for Use; Norman Goh, Michael P Short, Nanthi S Bolan, and Christopher P Saint 
Part 2: Consumption, Design and Behaviour  
5. Considering ‘Waste Value’ in the Circular Economy; Helene Cherrier, Meltme Türe, and Nil Özçağlar-Toulouse
6. Circular by design: A Model for engaging Fashion / Textile SMEs with Strategies for Designed Reuse; Jen Ballie and Mel Woods 
7. The ByeBuy! Shop: Testing Shopping Scapes in a Circular Economy; Kirsty Máté 
8. What role for Social Enterprises in the Circular Economy?; Ruth Lane and Wayne Gumley 
9. Developing Measures for the Waste Management Hierarchy: A South Australian Case Study; Anne Sharp, Lara Stocchi, Vaughan Levitzke and Marcia Kreinhold 
Part 3: Waste and Resource Recovery 
10. Australian Regional Waste Footprints; Jacob Fry, Manfred Lenzen, Damien Giurco, and Stefan Pauliuk 
11. Renewing Materials: Implementing 3D printing and Distributed Recycling in Samoa; Lionel Taito-Matamua, Simon Fraser, and Jeongbin Ok  
12. The Current State of Scrap Utilization by Thai SMEs; Singh Intrachooto 
13. Unmaking Waste in Construction in the EU and Asian Circular Economy: A Formal Institution Approach; Rita Yi Man Li, Li Meng, Tat Ho Leung, Jian Zuo, and Yuan Wang  
14. Municipal Solid Waste Properties in China: A Comparison Study between Tibet, Beijing and Guangzhou; Wenchao Ma, Lina He, Zeng Dan, Guanyi Chen and Xuebin Lu  
Part 4: Technology and Systems Innovation 
15. Green Manufacturing – From Waste to Value Added Materials; Samane Maroufi, Claudia Echeverria, Farshid Pahlevani and Veena Sahajwalla 
16. Towards an Agile Circular Economy for the Building Industry; Tim Mcginley 
17. Research on the Sustainable Water Recycling System at Tianjin University’s New Campus; Sen Peng, Huiping Cui, and Min Ji 
18. Re-Valuing Construction Materials and Components through Design for Disassembly; Philip Crowther 
19. Construction and the Circular Economy: Smart and Industrialised Prefabrication; Abbas Elmualim, Sherif Mostafa, Nicholas Chileshe, Rameez Rameezdeen, and Kerry London 
Afterword: Vaughan Levitzke
Robert Crocker is Deputy Director of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development at the University of South Australia. 
Christopher Saint is the Director of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, and Dean, Research and Innovation, of the Information Technology, Engineering and Environment Division at the University of South Australia. 
Guanyi Chen is Chair and Professor of Bioenergy and Environment, Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering Director of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development at Tianjin University. 
Yindong Tong is Deputy Director of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, and Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tianjin University.

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