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Circular and plastics

Background

The Circular Economy Centre (CEC) has just won a UKRI grant as part of a University of Cambridge consortium to look at "Circular Economy Approaches to Eliminate Plastic Waste". The project brings together departments across Cambridge; the Departments of Chemistry, Zoology, Physics, Engineering, Materials, Chemical Engineering, and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

Aims and objectives

The project aims to look at:

  • Sustainable feedstocks and materials as cleaner and more recyclable plastic alternatives.
  • Models for understanding plastic flows through the UK economy, society and environment to improve the recovery of plastics.
  • Service design methodologies to influence business behaviour.
  • Innovative recycling approaches to recover the high energy content of waste plastics by producing electricity with microbes and chemical fuels using sunlight. 

 

 

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Project leader

Ellie Wolmark

Ellie Wolmark

Project Coordinator, Circular Economy Centre

circulareconomy@jbs.cam.ac.uk

Co-investigators

Khaled Soufani

Khaled Soufani

Faculty (Professor level) in Management Practice

Visit Dr Khaled Soufani's faculty profile

Partners

Project dates

2019-present