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Waste Stream Management and a Circular Economy

Waste Stream Management and a Circular Economy

Event Details

Presented by Sustain SoCal..

Waste Stream Management and a Circular Economy

March 11, 2020, 8 am – 11:30 am

The Cove at UCI Beall Applied Innovation 

Innovations, technologies and new approaches being developed to undertake the tremendous challenges of Waste Stream Management and explore strategies for creating a higher level of circularity in our modern economy, also knows as a Circular Economy.

A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while they are in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

The challenges – and potential solutions – include evolving goals and requirements created by legislative mandates for landfill diversion, the rapidly changing economics of recycling and organic waste handling and recycling, as well as waste-to-energy transformation processes.

The California State Legislature and the Governor’s Office have set an ambitious goal of 75 percent recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste in 2020, calling for a statewide approach to decreasing California’s reliance on landfills. This is initiating the next evolutionary phase of waste management in California: an approach that makes current landfill diversion programs equal partners with materials management program to achieve the highest and best use of all materials in California.

Mandates to divert waste from landfills presents unique challenges, but also drives recent innovations and creates new business opportunities.

Additional details and registration will be available shortly