The resource revolution needs women

Portrait of 6 women involved in waste reduction and recycling

 

# Rosaura fights against food waste and works for better social justice.

 

Rosaura Serentill - CEO of the NGO Bank of Resources Foundation (SPAIN)

"Women participation to the decision-making processes and government structures is essential."

 

When and how did you start your commitment towards better resource management?

I was involved in international cooperation projects which include initiatives focused on women leadership, economic and sustainable entrepreneurship, education, food security and logistics for emergencies, in countries such as Bolivia, the Republic of Chad, Algeria, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Senegal.
I also implemented awareness-raising campaigns for companies focused on waste reduction.

 

Can you give one or two examples of your contributions to the circular economy?

I manage the Bank of Resources Foundation, a social and environmental organization specialized in food use and reuse. We administer material, equipment and food offered by companies and organizations and we redistribute them to social organizations which attend to groups in need in our country and in developing countries to reduce resource wastage and foster social justice.

 

And what would be your message to other women to act?

Many women are acting and acted throughout history. But, today the recognition of their contribution to sustainable development is limited. Equality is a vital requirement, not only in relation to fundamental rights and social justice, but also as an essential condition for environmental conservation, sustainable development and food security. Women participation to the decision-making processes and government structures is essential.

 

 

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# Sabine helps clients rethink the design of their products to make them recyclable. 

 

Sabine Zariatti - Industrial Partnerships Development manager for SUEZ's plastics division in France 

"Women must trust each other. Each of our actions is important to ensure that we preserve resources at all levels of society."

 

When and how did you start your commitment towards better resource management?

From an early age, when I was a student, I chose to specialize in the environment. I have been working in waste recycling since graduating. I think my sensitivity comes from my childhood. I grew up in a protected environment, the Hautes Alpes (France), where nature is preserved. Even as a child, I found garbage abandoned by the skiers in the winter and that appeared on the hiking trails in the summer. It already seemed absurd to me that people could leave waste in the wild and it is still a fight today. After studying chemistry, and various internships on pollution reduction in chemical plants, the opportunity to focus on the environment seemed very logical to me in my career.

 

Can you give one or two examples of your contributions to the circular economy?

I find our activities exciting and I like to share them with people from outside the company. For a long time, recycling companies lived behind the scene, not allowing visits. Nevertheless, the visits to our sites are extraordinary pedagogical tools to understand the cycle of the product. As part of my activities, I assist clients or students to rethink the design of the products they put on the market in order to make them recyclable. When I am asked about the recyclability of a product, I first offer a visit in order to make the recycling circuit concrete. For example, I worked on eco-design for printer recycling. Regulations require recyclers to remove cartridges from end-of-life printers. But I quickly noticed that with some printers, it was impossible to extract them. So I contacted the brands concerned to explain our difficulties. Thanks to this observation and our discussions, the brands have changed their design in order to recycle cartridges.

 

And what would be your message to other women to act?

Trust yourself. We can trust each other. There is no small action, each of our actions is important so that, at all levels of society, we preserve resources by improving the circular economy.

 

 

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# With Recygo, Corinne is boosting the office waste recovery sector with innovative solutions. 

 

Corinne Sieminski - President of Recygo

"Women should not be afraid to dare."

 

When and how did you start your commitment towards better resource management?

I could answered "since forever", but I think that becoming a mother was a trigger for me to become involved as a citizen. Children are both the first ambassadors for resource conservation and my first driving force. I wanted to translate this commitment through Recygo first of all by surrounding myself with employees who live these values: how can I convince our customers if we are not convinced ourselves? This commitment must also be the guiding principle of our offers: no concessions. 

 

Can you give one or two examples of your contributions to the circular economy?

Recygo has a very strong DNA based on the circular economy, which is translated into concrete actions. For example, we are committed to recycling waste collected from our customers, primarily in France, to promote short circuits and local jobs. All our packaged offers are collected by guaranteeing "zero CO2". Finally, we are contributing to a more solidarity-based economy by promoting the integration of people who are far from employment for the recycling of office waste.

 

And what would be your message to other women to act?

Dare! 
And stay aligned with your convictions, in your actions and decisions. 

 

 

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# As an operations manager, Christine enhances the quality of waste for recovery and recycling.

 

Christine Roos - Operations Manager SUEZ Recycling and Recovery in UK

"Women must have confidence in their abilities."

 

When and how did you start your commitment towards better resource management?

I have been committed to environmental protection for more than ten years. I started in 2005 as the Office Manager at Bodmin's materials recycling facility. I am now Operations Manager for three sites in Cornwall.

 

Can you give one or two examples of your contributions to the circular economy?

Working in partnership with Cornwall Council we recycle 99.5% of kerbside recyclables. Over the last year we have processed 59,863 tonnes through our two material recycling facilities. 
Through the Community and Education officers based at our two visitor centres in Cornwall, we aim to educate and share with residents and school children the importance of the waste hierarchy and the circular economy.

 

And what would be your message to other women to act?

As a site manager and a woman I try to make a difference every day. I think that women must have confidence in their abilities. 

 

 

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# Committed to the ecological transition, Lylian raises awareness of circular economy and recycling to communities.

 

Lylian Ferreira - Project Manager, SUEZ - Energy Recovery in France

"Together, women can create synergies and a more Environmental-friendly world."

 

When and how did you start your commitment towards better resource management?

As a project manager at SUEZ, I am aware of these issues. My commitment to better resource management has grown along with my career path. 

 

Can you give one or two examples of your contributions to the circular economy?

I am in direct contact with various audiences and my mission is to raise awareness among communities and citizens about the circular economy and recycling. I also support the social, economic and solidarity integration of our sites into the lives of citizens.

 

And what would be your message to other women to act?

As an active member of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES), I work alongside many women. My main purpose is to promote access to education and career opportunities for girls and women in all disciplines, including scientific fields traditionally reserved for men. I also support the development of educational tools, teacher training, mentoring and sharing good practices in sustainable development among members. I am convinced that by working together, women can create synergies and shape a more environment-friendly world. 

 

 

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# Anna delivers an education program to raise-awareness about the importance of the waste hierarchy and the circular economy.  

 

Anna Bell - Regional Manager SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

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"Women must communicate and share their best practices."

 

When and how did you start your commitment towards better resource management?

Since 2014 I have been the SUEZ contract manager for the South Tyne and Wear residual waste Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

 

Can you give one or two examples of your contributions to the circular economy?

I worked with the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership where SUEZ is diverting waste from landfill. In the current contract year we have recovered 97.2% and recycled 2.8% of the partnership’s residual waste. Moreover, we deliver an education program which helps us to share with South Tyne and Wear residents the importance of the waste hierarchy and the circular economy.

 

And what would be your message to other women to act?

Women must communicate and share best practice to face the changing world and to act for the resource revolution. 

 

 

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