From Waste to Resources. Municipal Solid Waste Handling: A Design Perspective on Closing the Resource Loops
Research Project , 2012 – 2017

Several studies to improve Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) handling through design and participation aim to change the current waste handling system to closed-loop resource management.

This research effort is designed to help facilitate the dialog between different relevant stakeholders, for them to set common goals for the improvement of the MSW system.

In parallel the possibility of proposing new product development with materials from the waste streams, opens interesting new design and business opportunities, at the same time setting examples of resource recovery.

To help simplify the communication of how the MSW system works, info-graphics will be used to show reliable waste data collected. Further, comprehensive systemic diagrams, that help bridge the current system with the ideal closed-loop one will build a start-up for further work.

Project leader: Ulrike Rahe


Ulrike Rahe (contact)

Professor vid Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors

Isabel Ordonez Pizarro

Forskare vid Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors


Mistra Urban Futures

Funding Chalmers participation during 2012–2017

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Areas of Advance

Materials Science

Areas of Advance

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