A project spearheaded by the University of Hull is to explore how to create a ‘circular economy’ in which resources are used for longer and then reused or recycled.
With €3.8 million of European Union Horizon 2020 funding, the project – called Cresting – aims to make providing goods and services more efficient and reduce waste.
Unlike the traditional linear ‘make, use and dispose’ model, a circular economy uses resources for as long as possible – getting maximum value – then either disposes of them responsibly, reuses them or recycles the materials.
The project will see 15 researchers recruited to universities around Europe. They will investigate where circular economies already exist in the public and private sectors, and analyse the environmental, social and economic implications.
By the end, the project will deliver 15 highly skilled individuals with an unparalleled understanding of circular economies, who are able to inform and advise on future policy.
Dr Pauline Deutz, project co-ordinator at the University of Hull, said: “It’s about changing the way things are designed so they are easier to recycle, last longer or are not made with toxic matter.