Louise Sörme, Jock Rosenlund, Bo Bergbäck, Building a Circular Economy: How to Solve the Mixed Waste Problem at Company Level, The Solutions Journal, Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2018, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/building-circular-economy-solve-mixed-waste-problem-company-level/) Abstract: The Resource Challenge: The Transition to a Circular Economy The concept of circular economy (‘CE’) emphasizes the necessity to move away from a linear economy based on a ‘take, make and dispose’ mode of production and consumption. In a circular economy, the aim is to close the loops, and any materials taken from nature should be used not only efficiently but also for as long as possible. In this approach, waste is a resource, although we may not yet be aware of all its uses.2, 3 Thus, waste management and initiatives for resource recovery are important drivers in the circular economy. For the European Union (EU) alone, net resource spending can be reduced by €600 billion a year, creating jobs and, not least, providing substantial environmental benefits.4 The CE is based on general industrial ecology and the ‘cradle to cradle’ concept, which take into account all steps in the waste management process.5, 6 The CE also highlights the importance of designing products … Topics: Circular economy; Environment; Governance