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Waste-2-Resource Innovation:
a participatory workshop tool


The Waste-2-Resource innovation tool is a seven point guide to thinking about and improving the use of your organisation's waste materials. The guide has been developed based on the findings of one of the ERIE project's studies, focussed on understanding how businesses were innovating in their waste-to-resource efforts.

Why should I use Waste-2-Resource?

Resource efficiency and reducing our environmental impact are increasingly important for companies and other actors. Waste-to-resource innovation has been identified as a strategy to achieve both whilst also promoting business growth. However, understanding of how these innovations can be promoted is still limited. The ERIE project studied how companies developed relations with resource partners during waste-to-resource innovations in the emerging bioenergy sector in the Humber region, UK. Our study revealed the processes, operational activities and strategic considerations of companies during the innovation processes. To support future waste-to-resource innovations, the results of this study were used in the development of this tool.

Download a High Resolution of the Waste-2-Resrouce 'Wheel'.

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How to use the Waste-2-Resource Wheel

Printable PDF of this information available here.

1. Download and print the wheel

2. In your workshop/meeting, examine the social processes and associated operational activities and strategic considerations presented in the wheel.

3. Assess which parts of the figure might be important for innovation processes which you are leading / participating in.

4. Plan how to integrate the relevant process steps, including associated operational activities and strategic considerations, into your existing processes and procedures for innovation. 

This material is based on the doctoral thesis of Anne Velenturf, a PhD student based at ERIE. Contact: a.velenturf @

The material is based on work under copyright licence via its publication in the Journal of Cleaner Production. Further information can be found at


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Your Questions: UnderstandingIdentificationWhat if?

Our Approach: Understand the systemIdentify ScenariosChoose GoalsFind LeversInterventionsMetricsMonitorAdapt

Case study: Humber


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