What role for the social enterprises in the circular economy?

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Abstract

In debates about recycling and the circular economy, the role of existing
organizations that already facilitate the circulation of materials through
society can be neglected. Indeed, the social enterprise sector may currently
be more significant than the commercial waste management sector in facilitating the circular economy within Australia. Drawing on interviews
with organizations involved in collecting and reprocessing used electronics
and scrap metal in Australia, the authors detail some of the synergies and
tensions between the social enterprises and commercial organizations that
have emerged as recycling gains traction through government policy and
various forms of product stewardship. The authors conclude with suggestions
for policy and governance approaches most likely to facilitate productive
and perhaps symbiotic relationships between the two sectors in
the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnmaking Waste
EditorsRobert Crocker
PublisherEmerald
Chapter8
Pages133-147
Number of pages14
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • waste
  • recycling
  • reuse
  • circular economy
  • Social enterprise

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Lane, R., & Gumley, W. S. (Accepted/In press). What role for the social enterprises in the circular economy? In R. Crocker (Ed.), Unmaking Waste (pp. 133-147). Emerald.
Lane, Ruth ; Gumley, Wayne Stephen. / What role for the social enterprises in the circular economy?. Unmaking Waste. editor / Robert Crocker. Emerald, 2017. pp. 133-147
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Lane R, Gumley WS. What role for the social enterprises in the circular economy? In Crocker R, editor, Unmaking Waste. Emerald. 2017. p. 133-147