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Sanitation and Wastewater Atlas of Africa - Circular Economy

Circular economy approaches to sanitation services in Africa focus mainly on wastewater management. Their goal is to not only enhance sanitation services’ delivery across the continent, but also to create an environment for healthy living. The main objective of the circular economic model is to eliminate waste “systematically, throughout the life cycles and uses of products and their components” (Zils 2014). The principle of circular economy is zero-waste, based on three rules: • All durables, which are products with a long or infinite lifespan, must retain their value and be reused but never discarded or downcycled (broken down into parts and repurposed into new products of lesser value) • All consumables, which are products with a short lifespan, should be used as often as possible before safely returning to the biosphere • Natural resources may only be used to the extent that they can be regenerated (Stuchtey 2015)

Year: 2021

Tags: Africa sanitation wastewater

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