Making money from waste

Making money from waste

Is the stuff we throw out worth anything?

Illustration of Circular Economy - wheel og recycling - consumption

We generate millions of tons of rubbish every day as a consequence of increasing urbanisation and a growing global population.  The village theme for this course looks at how sustainable business models can be developed to address these issues.

Why is this important? Poor waste management has negative environmental, economic and social effects that ultimately impact on everyone´s lives. We can’t eliminate all waste, but we can minimise it by finding new ways to use old things.

Making Money From Waste crosses national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries and should be of interest to students with backgrounds in economics, maritime, management, technology, social studies and health. It should also appeal to students interested in cross-cultural approaches to solving global problems.

Relevant competency

Students from all backgrounds and subject areas who are interested in finding creative solutions and working with sustainable business models are welcome in this village.  The language of the village is English, so students should be happy taking part in discussions in English.

About the village

If you join this village you will have the opportunity to listen and speak to experts in sustainable solutions from the public and private sectors from Norway and elsewhere. In addition, there will be visits to local organisations who are implementing innovative solutions in waste management to help you develop your own skills and project as part of a team.

Previous groups from this village have looked at reusing electric car batteries, designing a container for used corks in restaurants, creating an ap to reduce food waste, and marketing rubber boots made from recycled materials...but there is still a lot of rubbish out there waiting to be used!

14 sep 2020

Fakta om landsbyen - AM500218

Course code: AM500218
Village: Making Money From Waste
Type: Semester-based
Language: English
Village supervisor: Paula Rice, Dina Aspen
Semester: Spring 2021


Important information about EiT

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT)
  • EiTs teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see page for students