From Waste to Resource Management Part 2

Lisney, Robert; Riley, Keith; Banks, Charles
January 2004
Management Services;Jan2004, Vol. 48 Issue 1, p6
Academic Journal
The article provides information on waste management interface and the resource park concept recommended by the authors. An effective interface between the process chain and the waste management system is fundamental to resource management. The implication of the current trends is that household, and commercial and industrial wastes will increasingly be handled through separate waste infrastructure systems. One approach that can be adopted is to make use of the resource categorization system developed under the Zero Waste concept. Knapp/Van Deventer have identified twelve master resource categories, into which it is claimed that all types of waste fit with nothing being left out or left over. These master categories can be sub-divided in a range of ways into sub-streams. Resource management involves a significant switch to industrialized waste handling and processing activities. Sites will be required for a range of new facilities including reception and storage sites, disassembly facilities, materials recovery, composting sites, anaerobic digestion and other energy recovery plants. The keys to success are correcting market failures in the process chain, putting in place a strategic planning framework for resource management, and coordinating the various key sectors. Lifestyle and behavior change is also a very major issue and coordinated action at a strategic level to research, develop and test effective approaches is needed. The government has a key role in creating the overall climate for resource management and its support for the type of approach outlined in the paper is vital.


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