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Minimising Plastic Packaging and Household Food Waste: A New Approach using Discrete Event Simulation

Fayad, R., Kandemir, C., Pickering, J. , Reynolds, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-1073-7394, Koh, L. S. C., Greenwood, S. C., Parsons, R., Fisher, L. H. C. & Rees, D. (2022). Minimising Plastic Packaging and Household Food Waste: A New Approach using Discrete Event Simulation. Paper presented at the International Annual EurOMA Conference, 03-06 Jul 2022, Berlin, Germany.


Reducing both food waste and food plastic packaging waste in the household has major environmental and economic benefits. However, due to the high cost and resources required, limited empirical research has been conducted on this topic. This paper provides a new modelling strategy for incorporating complicated household behaviours to answer trade-offs between food waste and food plastic packaging waste. This research proposes a novel modelling technique accounting for complex household behaviours integrating the link between resilience and the circular economy. It investigates how the circular economy boosts social-ecological resilience, delves into possible trade-offs, and underlines the variation in the household behaviour required for both circular and resilient economy. The paper makes suggestions based on these results to assist firms, governments, and educators in developing and implementing circular economy policies that improve resilience.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Publisher Keywords: Circularity in Plastic Food Packaging; Household Food Waste Digital Simulation; Resilient Plastic Supply Network
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
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