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In this paper, we discuss the problematic nature of various CE business models and value drivers within the current waste framework; specifically, what requirements are placed on industry actors. The main part of the paper addresses ways in which a business can ensure materials, components, and products at the end of their first life cycle can be considered as resources rather than waste. Our intention is to promote a discussion and seek clarification around an important issue that has been reported to be a major concern for many businesses wishing to ‘go circular’. We welcome feedback and further insights from business, policy and the academic research communities with the ambition to accelerate and amplify the adoption and implementation of CE business models.

In this paper, we discuss the problematic nature of various CE business models and value drivers within the current waste framework; specifically, what requirements are placed on industry actors. The main part of the paper addresses ways in which a business can ensure materials, components, and products at the end of their first life cycle can be considered as resources rather than waste.
Our intention is to promote a discussion and seek clarification around an important issue that has been reported to be a major concern for many businesses wishing to ‘go circular’. We welcome feedback and further insights from business, policy and the academic research communities with the ambition to accelerate and amplify the adoption and implementation of CE business models.

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Categories: Policy, Policy and regulation, Waste
Tags: Legal