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Analysis of Barriers to Transitioning from a Linear to a Circular Economy for End of Life Materials: A Case Study for Waste Feathers

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Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London, London, SW7 2DB, UK
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Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, London, SW7 1NE, UK
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, London, SW7 2BB, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 1725; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051725
Received: 20 December 2019 / Revised: 21 February 2020 / Accepted: 22 February 2020 / Published: 25 February 2020
This research aimed to develop a simple but robust method to identify the key barriers to the transition from a linear to a circular economy (CE) for end of life products or material. Nine top-tier barrier categories have been identified that influence this transition. These relate to the basic material properties and product characteristics, the availability of suitable processing technology, the environmental impacts associated with current linear management, the organizational context, industry and supply chain issues, external drivers, public perception, the regulatory framework and the overall economic viability of the transition. The method provides a novel and rapid way to identify and quantitatively assess the barriers to the development of CE products. This allows mitigation steps to be developed in parallel with new product design. The method has been used to assess the potential barriers to developing a circular economy for waste feathers generated by the UK poultry industry. This showed that transitioning UK waste feathers to circularity faces significant barriers across numerous categories and is not currently economically viable. The assessment method developed provides a novel approach to identifying barriers to circularity and has potential to be applied to a wide range of end of life materials and products. View Full-Text
Keywords: circular economy; waste management; sustainable materials; barriers; feathers circular economy; waste management; sustainable materials; barriers; feathers
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Dieckmann, E.; Sheldrick, L.; Tennant, M.; Myers, R.; Cheeseman, C. Analysis of Barriers to Transitioning from a Linear to a Circular Economy for End of Life Materials: A Case Study for Waste Feathers. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1725. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051725

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Dieckmann E, Sheldrick L, Tennant M, Myers R, Cheeseman C. Analysis of Barriers to Transitioning from a Linear to a Circular Economy for End of Life Materials: A Case Study for Waste Feathers. Sustainability. 2020; 12(5):1725. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051725

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Dieckmann, Elena, Leila Sheldrick, Mike Tennant, Rupert Myers, and Christopher Cheeseman. 2020. "Analysis of Barriers to Transitioning from a Linear to a Circular Economy for End of Life Materials: A Case Study for Waste Feathers" Sustainability 12, no. 5: 1725. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051725

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