From Waste to Resource Management

Lisney, Robert; Riley, Keith; Banks, Charles
December 2003
Management Services;Dec2003, Vol. 47 Issue 12, p8
Academic Journal
The article argues that a fundamental change in approach is needed if Great Britain is to avoid implementing less than sustainable solutions in the race to ensure compliance with both current and forthcoming European Commission regulations. The authors propose that changes in approach are needed at all levels to deliver resource management on the ground. The following practical key steps are identified as essential to success, include adopting a general understanding of resource and waste management that will lead to practicable and sustainable outcomes different from today's solutions; engaging the process chain involved in the life cycle of goods and products at all points along the design-production-consumption-waste management sequence; and others. This paper discusses the issues and puts forward proposals for a new approach to delivering resource management on the ground, in a way that benefits the whole community. A key aspect is examining how the more radical green concepts could be linked with conventional thinking to deliver real change at a local level, whilst offering consistency with the global and national agendas. The new approach does not recommend or exclude new processes or technologies, but instead puts forward a paradigm into which the use of resources and the generation and disposal of waste can be set.


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