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Waste Resource Management

Waste Resource Management

Release Date: Each January

Professional Accreditation: IEMA (as part of MSc)

Lead Organisation: IBERS, Aberystwyth University

Take a Circular Economy approach and learn how ‘waste’ can become a valuable resource

This module focusses on resource management within the food sector highlighting the latest relevant research within production, processing and retail. Students will learn about the latest advances in waste management technology, considering resource management strategies from across the spectrum of UK and international business types within food supply networks.


The course will consist of a series of lectures and guided learning focused on:

List of Units

Drivers & legislation

Overview of factors influencing current waste management systems, and legislation and future policy direction with regard to transition towards circular economy.

Introduction to the circular economy

Introduction to the circular economy concept, looking at the philosophy behind the concept and how this can be applied to the food sector.

Life cycle analysis (LCA)

The practice life cycle analysis and its use in assessing the benefit/detriment of novel waste management interventions.

Waste hierarchy

The existing hierarchy for waste management strategies, and how this can be applied.

Data and waste

The role of data in informing future waste management interventions and strategies.

Waste prevention & reduction

The concept of reduce, reuse, recycle is central to waste resource management. Here we look at approaches to prevent or reduce waste production.

Reusing resources

Strategies that can be applied in the food sector to effectively reuse resources

Recycling/Valorisation 1

The first of two units on recycling and valorisation explores the concept of valorisation and considers the process for determining opportunities.

Recycling/Valorisation 2

The second of two units on recycling and valorisation focuses on the challenges of managing waste packaging materials and animal by-products.

Transition to circular economy

The transition to the circular economy requires systemic change. What actions are needed to establish a circular economy?


Tutors Name
Dr Sarah Watson Jones
Dr Will Stiles


Anna Blakey