While waste management and recycling are global efforts, some areas in the world are ahead of others in setting the tone for the future of the waste and recycling industry. From anaerobic digestion to zero waste initiatives, countries, cities, businesses and foundations are coming up with new and innovative ways to make the concept of a circular economy a reality.
One of the circular economy leaders is the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which works in the sectors of education, business innovation and analysis. To spread awareness, the foundation has promoted a “butterfly map” that shows the cycles of biological nutrients and nutrients, which illustrates how we should keep organics and plants separate from materials like plastics and metals. By keeping these materials separated, the world can have more organized waste streams to repurpose and reuse various items.