Big question

How do we maximise recovery of useful resources and achieve zero waste by 2050?




We are currently working on the approach to answering this Big Question, and more information will be given here soon.

The areas that this Big Question covers includes:

  • Establish what wastes have value that isn’t being recovered
  • Assess their value, and any environmental impact, to provide evidence to influence the way they are regulated
  • Understand what would make final effluent re-use acceptable, how to enable it
  • Change the language we use and raise awareness amongst our customers

Once we understand where the gaps are, we will produce a route map – this is a plan as to how we will answer our Big Question.

The route map will have a number of key elements. At the top will be our Big Question and then we will look to see what Outcomes we need from the research programme -if we can achieve all these outcomes we can answer the Big Question. This is the stage we are currently at for this Big Question.

The next stage will be to think about the key benefits we want the research projects to deliver to meet these outcomes.

Following this, we will plan the research projects to help deliver the benefits.


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What does a circular economy water industry look like? (BQ11 Pathfinder Project)

Project Status - Project Commenced


Where is the greatest sustainable economic benefit for resource recovery in the water cycle?

Project Status - Project Commenced

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