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Towards the circular economy : waste contracting

  • The transition towards a circular economy is high on the political agenda and support for innovative business models can be seen as one of the key strategies for its implementation. Nevertheless most of these business models rely on an increasing generation of waste and thus undermine the prevention of waste as top of the waste hierarchy. The paper aims to link this debate to more systemic eco-innovations that offer economic market potentials by reduced material inputs and waste generation. This directs the attention to sufficiency strategies that surpass the level of individual consumer choices and regards the potentials of entrepreneurial sufficiency strategies. It takes the example of waste contracting modelsin Germany as a possibleThe transition towards a circular economy is high on the political agenda and support for innovative business models can be seen as one of the key strategies for its implementation. Nevertheless most of these business models rely on an increasing generation of waste and thus undermine the prevention of waste as top of the waste hierarchy. The paper aims to link this debate to more systemic eco-innovations that offer economic market potentials by reduced material inputs and waste generation. This directs the attention to sufficiency strategies that surpass the level of individual consumer choices and regards the potentials of entrepreneurial sufficiency strategies. It takes the example of waste contracting modelsin Germany as a possible approach of resource-light business models that provide existing utility aspects with altered consumption patterns and decreased resource consumption. It describes environmental and economic benefits and draws conclusions on necessary policy framework conditions.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Claas Henning WiltsORCiDGND, Alexandra Palzkill-Vorbeck
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-58645
Year of Publication:2015
Language:English
Source Title (English):International journal of waste resources
Volume:4
Issue:1
Note:
Die Publikationsstrategien der OMICS Group werden öffentlich kontrovers diskutiert (Stichwort: Predatory Journals). Die Geschäftsleitung des Wuppertal Instituts hat daher im Juni 2018 entschieden - auch unabhängig von der bis dahin vom Institut praktizierten Einzelprüfung der Journals - nicht mehr in Zeitschriften der OMICS Group zu veröffentlichen.
Release Date:2015/05/08
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Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Wirtschaft
OpenAIRE:OpenAIRE
Licence:License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung