A £3.8 million project investigating sustainability and waste minimisation across Europe has been launched by the University of Hull.
The EU-funded Horizon 2020 project aims to achieve a more circular economy across the continent, which would use resources for as long as possible before reusing or recycling their component materials.
It hopes to deliver 15 highly skilled individuals with deep understanding about how a circular economy works so they are able to inform and advise on future policy.
The university says they would then help build new relationships between companies, governmental bodies and the public to find ways of using resources and fuels more effectively.
Dr Pauline Deutz, Project Co-Ordinator at the University of Hull, said: “This is a major policy strategy within the EU around resources and recycling. It’s about changing the way things are designed so they are easier to recycle, last longer or are not made with toxic matter.”
Other project partners include WRAP, Hull City Council, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and a range of international universities.