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This workshop provides participants with the basic skills to map out a strategy for a resource recovery program for their company.

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Date: 12 November 2021 (Friday)

Time: 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm

Location: Online (Access link will be sent to those who registered at a later date)

Cost: Free

Target audience: This course is aimed at companies who want to be more sustainable and circular. Interested staff should attend.


Circular Asia Association (CAA), a Malaysian registered NGO, was founded by Ms Adrienna Zsakay in 2016. Her journey began when she became interested in infrastructure design for recyclable resource recovery collection systems. From there, it was an easy transition to the circular economy and the founding of Circular Economy Asia (legally registered as Circular Asia Association).

In early 2020 Ms Zsakay launched Circular Skills, an online education platform dedicated to skills development for the circular economy. CAA’s other activities include Resource Recovery (Waste-as-a- Resource) and developing circular and sustainable supply chains.

Ms Zsakay has lived in several different countries across the Asian region and has a BA(Asian Studies & Politics) from the University of Western Australia and studied International and Asian food law at Michigan State University. She recently completed an online course on Systems Engineering from the University of NSW in Australia.

Intended Outcome

Waste-as-a-Resource (WaaR) or resource recovery is a function of the circular economy. It is not to be confused with recycling, an action generally associated with the environment. WaaR is an outcome requiring a strategy to fit an economically viable circular system.

The importance of a functioning resource recovery system cannot be understated. It is critical to ensure recyclable resources do not enter the waste stream so there is zero contamination, thus maintaining the materials at their highest value.

The end result is for recovered resources to be returned back into the manufacturing system. This workshop provides participants with the basic skills to map out a strategy for a resource recovery program for their company.

Workshop Cards

Participants will use the nine workshop cards to map out their strategy. The card titles are:

1. Introduction

2. Circular Dream Team

3. Collection Systems

4. Identifying Barriers and Enablers

5. Targets & Milestones

6. Promotion & Communication

7. Feedback & Evaluation

8. Staff Survey

9. Making mistakes

At the end of the workshop, participants will started on their road map to implement a resource recovery program in their company.

For the Best User Experience

- Please turn up 10 minutes before the scheduled time. The workshop starts exactly

at the specified time.

- The workshop is best experienced using a laptop or desktop computer.

- Bring a pen and paper or use your digital notepad to take notes.

- This is a very interactive workshop. Make sure your headphones and camera are working.

- We often refer to the Knowledge Centre located on the Circular Economy Asia


- We value your feedback, do not be shy!


To create a resource recovery strategy in your company

Learning outcome

To acknowledge that all products are made from primary raw materials and if disposed of correctly, can be reprocessed so that materials can be used by manufacturers to make new products

Workshop Agenda


2.00pm - 2.15pm

Course Introduction Introduction to the course by Ms Adrienna Zsakay, CEO of Circular Economy Asia, Inc.

2.15pm - 2.30pm

Card One Open Discussion

The difference between recycling & resource recovery

2.30pm - 2.45pm

Card Two The Circular Dream Team

2.45pm - 3.00pm

Card Three Staff Survey

3.00pm - 3.15pm

Card Four Collection & Storage Systems

3.15pm - 3.30pm

Card Five Barriers & Enablers

3.30pm - 3.45pm

Card Six Targets & Milestones

3.45pm - 4.00pm

Break Time

4.00pm - 4.15pm

Card Seven Promotion & Communication

4.15pm - 4.30pm

Card Eight Feedback & Evaluation

4.30pm - 4.45pm

Card Nine Making Mistakes

4.45pm - 5.15pm

Workshop Discussion

- Group discussion between teams moderated by course instructor

Rules of the Online Workshop

- This is a very intensive workshop. Be prepared to contribute your ideas and suggestions. Everyone needs to participate.

- Teams will be selected prior to the workshop.

- We use an online whiteboard, such as Miro, Google Jamboard or Invision Freehand.

- To keep the workshop simple we mostly use digital Post It Notes.

- At the end of the workshop, the course instructor stays online for an additional 30 minutes to answer additional questions participants may have.

- While you are creating your resource recovery strategy, you will notice many the key functions necessary to successfully execute your plan probably do not exist.

Do not worry. Let’s see how innovative and creative you can become.

Training Organization

Founder: Ms Adrienna Zsakay

Date: 2016 Registered as an NGO in Australia under the name ‘Circular Economy Asia Inc’

In Malaysia: 04 June 2020 with the Malaysian Registry of Societies under the name ‘Circular Asia Association’

Circular Economy Asia is focused on three pillars, skills development, resource recovery and circular and sustainable supply chains. The underlying theme is resource management via the efficient use of finite resources which is achieved through 12 economic activities known as the Circular Rs. For more information, visit the Circular Rs page on the Circular Economy Asia website.



- An online education platform dedicated to skills training for the circular economy, sustainability and related industries.

2. Resource Recovery for a Circular Economy

- To establish a secondary raw materials industry as a function of the circular economy.

3. Circular and Sustainable Supply Chains

- Global supply chains can be very long and can extend half way around the world. While climate change may see a shortening of supply chains in the mid-to long term, current supply chains will remain as they are. It is imperative to ascertain where to build in resource efficiencies.

Register your tickets today!

• Limited to one(1) seat only per organisation

• Limited to two(2) seats for UNGC/GC Network Member.

All workshop trainers, agenda, and organisations are subject to change

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