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The UK waste input-output table: Linking waste generation to the UK economy

Salemdeeb, R and Al-Tabbaa, A and Reynolds, C (2016) The UK waste input-output table: Linking waste generation to the UK economy. Waste Management and Research, 34. pp. 1089-1094. ISSN 0734-242X

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In order to achieve a circular economy, there must be a greater understanding of the links between economic activity and waste generation. This study introduces the first version of the UK waste input-output table that could be used to quantify both direct and indirect waste arisings across the supply chain. The proposed waste input-output table features 21 industrial sectors and 34 waste types and is for the 2010 time-period. Using the waste input-output table, the study results quantitatively confirm that sectors with a long supply chain (i.e. manufacturing and services sectors) have higher indirect waste generation rates compared with industrial primary sectors (e.g. mining and quarrying) and sectors with a shorter supply chain (e.g. construction). Results also reveal that the construction, mining and quarrying sectors have the highest waste generation rates, 742 and 694 tonne per £1m of final demand, respectively. Owing to the aggregated format of the first version of the waste input-output, the model does not address the relationship between waste generation and recycling activities. Therefore, an updated version of the waste input-output table is expected be developed considering this issue. Consequently, the expanded model would lead to a better understanding of waste and resource flows in the supply chain.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental accounting circular economy input–output analysis (IOA) waste attribution waste footprint Industry Mining Models, Economic Models, Theoretical Recycling Solid Waste United Kingdom Waste Management
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:01
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2021 05:55
DOI: 10.1177/0734242X16658545