Waste 2 Resource Innovation Network

Leaders in the Circular Economy

Moving towards a circular economy requires a significant change.

Change in consumer perception and behaviour. Change in business models and across all industry sectors, from construction and energy to the retail and food industries. Change in policy and regulatory frameworks in central and local government. Change in the UK and around the world.

It’s a big ambition, but one that we can and must drive forward.

At Manchester Metropolitan University, we are well placed with our multidisciplinary research and industry collaborations to focus on new ways to tackle the challenge of transitioning to a Circular Economy and we are engaged in a wide range of cross-sector projects.

We want to be transparent about the action we have taken and share our vision for the future circular economy.

Explore our site to find out more about the variety of projects we’re actively involved in and take a look at our exciting pipeline of new research and collaborations.


University staff work across faculties in promoting and supporting circular economy initiatives in the North West region. Working closely with key local government bodies.


Central to our University offer is applied research and development relating to the development of new materials and products from recovered waste streams.


Researchers have undertaken reviews of waste and recycling infrastructure both identifying and solving industrial process technology problems.


Our MSc Industrial Digitalisation is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to promote material conservation by incorporating novel additive manufacturing techniques in existing and emerging production processes.


Experts in environmental management tools such as lifecycle assessment, mass balance, carbon accounting and environmental management systems which inform and promote more effective and efficient organisational responses to waste avoidance and utilisation.


University staff work at a number of levels to support the behavioural changes required at individual and corporate levels to ensure that choices reflect environmental burdens and thus consumer actions align with the principles of circular economy.

Waste 2 Resource Innovation Network