“Challenging Changes” a New Book on Circular Economy

Ad Lansink, pioneer of the waste hierarchy concept, has launched his latest book “Challenging Changes” which aims to present in depth the linkages between Circular Economy and Waste Management, and the role of the waste hierarchy.

17 Oct 2017 -

The waste management hierarchy is the cornerstone for the waste management policy during the last 30 years, influencing legislation and the waste industry worldwide. But the EU Circular Economy package has inexorably changed the landscape and Ad Lansink’s latest book, Challenging Changes, describes how the concept of Circular Economy can be transformed to many tangible projects that will reshape our world.


Ad Lansink presented his new book on October 11th, at a special launch event at the Dutch Permanent Representation in Brussels. An interested and knowledgeable audience got the opportunity to hear about the book from the author himself, who presented the book to Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director Generaal DG Environment of the European Commission and to Harriët Tiemens, Vice Mayor and Aldermen of the city of Nijmegen, European Green Capital 2018.


ISWA’s President Antonis Mavropoulos, who has been interviewed for the book, was invited alongside other experts to participate in a panel discussion about the book. He mentioned that “Almost 45 years after Ad Lansink presented for the first time the waste hierarchy at the Dutch Parliament, his new book details a roadmap to make circular economy a reality and explains the crucial role of waste management in this roadmap. It’s a must-read book for every decision maker, for everyone involved in the waste management business and policies, for every researcher that tries to demystify the challenge of circular economy in real life conditions.”


As noted by ISWA’s Task Force on Resource Management, the circular economy represents a significant opportunity for new business models, economic growth and employment. The waste industry sits at the centre of these changes and has an opportunity to work with industry and policy makers to shift the balance between primary and secondary raw materials.


The transition from a linear to a circular economy is not easy and, despite the number of publications, conferences and websites, Lansink argues that it remains a missed opportunity. In his book, he discusses how the waste hierarchy can be used as a framework for the transition to a circular economy. The main features of a circular Economics are linked to the key elements of a sustainable economy. Source and Chain management plays an important role, along with producer responsibility and sustainability shopping.


Last but not least, Ad Lansink offers 5 euros for each book sold through ISWA for the ISWA’s Scholarship Program in Nicaragua. ISWA is grateful to his generosity. So, do not lose time and, order your book through ISWA - send an email to iswa(at) for details.


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