WEBINAR: Waste Collection and Circular Economy in Oslo. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion
An introduction to the system for waste management, including a local example of resources in a closed loop; your food waste.
What does my waste have to do with the concept of Circular Economy? Well actually, your waste is the circular economy. The idea of circular economy is that natural resources should be kept in a cycle and be reused, rather than ending up in landfills, as emission from waste incineration, or on the bottom of the ocean. Sorting and recycling waste is about preserving the limited resources on this earth, in order to slow down and reverse the overconsumption illustrated by the Earth Overshoot Day. The UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Waste Hierarchy developed by the EU are some of the models that create a framework for how waste management should be carried out to fulfill our future needs and political priorities.
Phosphor, Potassium and Nitrogen are vital nutrients for plants to grow, and main ingredients in the banana peel and scraps we throw away every day. Therefore, food waste from households in Oslo is a brilliant description of natural resources in a local, closed loop. Food waste travels from your kitchen table via local sorting plants to a biogas plant 50 minutes outside of Oslo. Here, the food waste is transformed to biogas – climate neutral fuel – and bio fertilizer. The fertilizer travels on to the fields where local farmers grow vegetables and grains, and one year later the natural resources in food waste are back on your table as potato salad and oatmeal. If you put your potato peels in a green bag, the limited and vital nutrients are ready for yet another round in the local resource loop.
About Tale Skage Torjussen
Tale Skage Torjussen works as a communications advisor in the Agency for Waste Management in Oslo. She is employed at SirkuLÆR – the Agency hub for knowledge about source separation, recycling and circular economy. SirkuLÆR receives visitors from far and wide, and the employees lecture and preach the value of recycling to several thousand people every year. Torjussen has an MA in Peace and Conflict studies, and she sees the relation between access to resources and level of conflict as a driving force to contribute in the quest for a more circular economy, and a sustainable and fair society.
About the event series
The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.