How a Circular Economy Can Support the UK’s Post-Pandemic Recovery

As the UK recovers from the pandemic, a shift to more sustainable waste management can save resources, reduce emissions, and play a part in preventing future pandemics.

The education sector produces 250,000 tonnes of waste every year, with just 23% of the material generated being recycled. It has been suggested that as much as 89% of the waste generated at UK Schools can be recycled. However, with the unique environment Schools present, this can seem easier said than done.

With decades of experience providing waste management solutions to educational institutions, Bywaters’ environmental experts work with facilities to increase recycling rates and lower their carbon footprint. This approach goes beyond the safe segregation and disposal of waste, working together to increase sustainability whilst exploring opportunities to reduce costs.

The children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow

Many future global challenges are linked to the climate crisis. In fact, a report from IPEBS found the root causes of pandemics are also the driving force behind the erosion of biodiversity and climate change. It found that if there is not real change, then the risk of more frequent and more devastating pandemics increases.

It’s fundamental that the next generation is equipped with the knowledge to affect change. To achieve this goal, Bywaters hold regular school tours of our specialist materials recovery facility, using state-of-the-art virtual reality headsets. This interactive digital tour forms part of one of our on-site Waste Awareness Days. Not stopping there, we carry out engagement sessions with Schools, staging talks reaching thousands of pupils across the capital.

A circular economy approach will pay dividends

With the UK government’s new Waste Management Strategy setting out ambitious aims to move toward a circular economy model, innovation is required to move from the linear approach broadly adopted. The circular economy aims to reduce waste by keeping materials in use. In doing so, resources are protected, reducing energy, labour, and material across a product’s life cycle.

Increasing recycling is a great start, ensuring that virgin material production decreases. However, Bywaters continue to implement specific circular economy initiatives, such as our Coffee Cup Recycling Scheme, introduced at two London Universities, and our ongoing partnership with Reyooz, finding homes for unwanted items, including furniture and electronics.

Bywaters’ vision is to lead the UK to a sustainable future. If you would like to find out more about our services, please get in touch.