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.
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.
Strategies that can be applied in the food sector to effectively reuse resources
The first of two units on recycling and valorisation explores the concept of valorisation and considers the process for determining opportunities.
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?
|Dr Sarah Watson Jones|
|Dr Will Stiles|