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Sanitation in the Circular Economy

In 2016 the Toilet Board Coalition ran a Feasibility Study to explore the potential role of Sanitation in the Circular Economy. They sought to answer whether there  are products or materials of value being upcycled from toilet resources, if there are scalable business models to deliver sustainable supply of these products to the market, and if there there commercial interest and demand from large industrial operations to become buyers into the system.

The study engaged twelve small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) engaged in sanitation across low-income markets, and twelve experts from multinational corporations, academia, and specialists from across the “waste”, or rather resource, management value chain. Their approach was to understand the business, technical and customer demand feasibility of each of the twelve SME businesses where we saw potential for Circular Economy transactions. Their approach focused on business transactions, particularly those already occurring in the market for toilet resources, and on the potential for scale through demand from industrial supply chains.

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