Waste is not turning into Value

David Mattersdorfer
6 min readAug 30, 2023

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Key Messages

  1. Only 26% of waste is turning into value
  2. Global recycling & reuse rate is decreasing from year to year
  3. Worldwide raw material consumption is around 101bn tonnes per year and increasing
  4. Of consumed raw materials 22% are lost to environment
  5. Only 8,5% of waste is coming from households
  6. Up to half of our raw material consumption can be covered by recycling and reusing waste
  7. Politics, transparency and standardisation are key measures to increase waste turning into value

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Introduction

“Waste to value” (WTV) refers to the process of converting waste materials or byproducts into useful or valuable resources, products, or energy. It involves transforming materials that would typically be discarded as waste into something that has economic, environmental, or social benefits.

Currently only 26% of waste is turning into value world wide, according to the “circular gap report”.

The concept of WTV is rooted in the idea of moving away from a linear “take-make-dispose” model of production and consumption and shifting towards a…

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David Mattersdorfer

Implementing Circular Economy ≫ madana.at | Managing Director | Lecturer | Entrepreneur