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E-course Circular Economy for the Waste Sector in South Africa

  • Published on April 11, 2023

The course comprises three key modules:

1. Introduction to Circular Economy

The first module provides the rationale and key concepts related to circular economy. It also provides an overview of South Africa's waste sector.

2. Opportunities for Circularity in the Waste Sector

The second module explores concrete examples and best practices for applying circularity from all over the world.

3. Policy Approaches for Circular Economy

The third module examines how different policy tools can be used to enable circularity in South Africa.

This course that aims to raise the awareness and strengthen the capacities of key stakeholders in South Africa to apply the principles of circularity to waste management practices. The course is supported by UNEP, in the framework of the EU’s Switch Africa Green Programme.

Item Assessment information

Needs addressed

  • c-check Developing strong governance and policies
  • c-check Scaling sustainable and circular business models
  • c-check Adopting SCP norms, technologies and practices

Leaving no one behind

  • c-check Addressing SCP needs of the national population (including vulnerable groups)
  • c-check Enhancing SCP practices and collaboration between key stakeholders (public and private)


  • c-check Tested
  • c-check Implemented
  • c-check Evaluated Proof of Concept


  • 12.1
  • 12.3
  • 12.4
  • 12.5

How does the tool make an impact on SDG12?

This course has a direct impact on the waste sector in South Africa. It looks into the policy angle, but also on the applicability of circular economy principles. It supports targets 12.1, 12.3, 12.4 and 12.5

How does the tool make an impact across SDGs?

The tool supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Since it focuses on the waste sector, it promotes climate action and work towards sustainability across sectors, promoting a healthier life on land and water, and fostering sustainable cities and communities. SDG11, 13, 14, and 15 are some of the goals that are supported through this e-course material.

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