The Waste to Resources Network aims to accelerate the transition from solid waste management towards sustainable materials management, where actions at the top of the management chain are prioritised through waste reduction, increased resource recovery, and disposal reduction.
As cities face pressure to improve resource management efficiency, confront rising energy prices, and are running out of landfill space, reducing or avoiding waste generation becomes increasingly important. The Waste to Resources vision promotes prevention, reuse and recycling to keep valuable materials from the residual waste stream. Participating cities are significantly reducing residual waste generation and disposal by increasing source separation, product bans, recyclables processing, energy recovery and organics treatment.
Resource management is a systematic approach that aims to shift the way materials are managed throughout the product lifecycle to ensure a closed loop that produces no waste. The Waste to Resources Network and the philosophy of resource management have goals that are ethical, economic, efficient and visionary, to guide societies, consumers, producers, manufacturers and governments to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all materials are designed to become resources for others to use.
Waste to Resources Network Focus Areas
Cities participating in the Waste to Resources Network have prioritized five focus areas around which they are actively sharing policies, strategies, ideas and challenges with one another. The focus areas are:
Segregated collection - deploying successful programs and public campaigns for waste segregation
Minimisation and diversion Initiatives - strategies designed to contain specific material streams and avoid them from entering into the waste stream
Food waste avoidance and reduction - opportunities for avoidance, utilization and treatment alternatives
Waste GHG accounting - repositioning of the contribution of waste management towards sustainable development and low carbon economies through holistic accounting and lifecycle assessment
Beyond waste management roadmaps - cities’ roles, metrics, milestones and targets for the societal shift from waste management to circular resource management