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March 28, 2017
Produced by theEllen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the World Economic Forum as a part of Project MainStream — an initiative designed to accelerate business-driven innovations that help scale the circular economy — Urban Biocycles shines light on the significant volume of organic waste flowing through urban environments and highlights opportunities to capture value by applying circular economy principles.
Organic waste, from municipal solid waste streams and wastewater from sewage systems, is traditionally seen as a costly economic and environmental problem. This paper draws on case studies from the US and Europe to explore the idea that designing more effective recovery and processing systems can reverse this equation, turning organic waste into a source of value and helping to restore natural capital