The Interviews

Ad Lansink, the author of Challenging Changes – Connecting Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy, was talking with

Karmenu Vella (EU Commissioner):
Closing the loop: appetite for change
Quote: Circularity will bring tremendous rewards, but sometimes it takes a degree of investment before a threshold can be crossed


Antonis Mavropoulos (President ISWA):
Crucial role of waste management sector within circular economy
Circular economy is, above all, about the management and the necessary re-engineering of industrial supply chains and less about waste management itself


Laurentien van Oranje (Founder The missing chapter):
Common sense goes a long way
We need a clear policy, strong leadership, change in behavior, and innovations in business


Harriet Tiemens/Pieter-Balth Linders (Nijmegen – DAR):
Circularity, metabolic profiles and social innovation
From a circular perspective, you must hold materials as close as possible to the source. The goal must be recycling and upcycling, not downcycling


Julius Langendorff (Head Environment, EC, Brussel):
Combining achievable aims and subsidiarity
Since 2008, the ladder which we very boringly call in Brussels not ladder but ‘waste hierarchy’ has been the alpha and omega of European waste legislation


Dominique Hogg (Founder and CEO Eunomia, UK):
Understanding the benefits from better waste management
If anything has been added to the waste hierarchy, it’s the emphasis on the role that design can play in facilitating what happens subsequently in resource management

Ernst Worrell (Copernicus Institute, Utrecht):
Benchmarking: translation of scientific evidence into policy
Great potential for plastics, if source separation and recycling are optimized. Problem is, that the market hardly looks ahead, when it comes to developing new materials and recycling of old materials