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Ad Lansink

Ad Lansink

Ad Lansink is a former Dutch politician, the father of the waste hierarchy and the Author of Challenging Changes – Connecting Waste Hierarchy and Circular Economy. He became politically active in the Catholic People’s Party and became a member of the council of Nijmegen in 1970. In the parliamentary elections of 1977, Ad Lansink was elected to the Dutch parliament. He worked on a multitude of topics such as environment, energy, higher education, student and public health.

In a diverse career in multiple positions and disciplines, Dr. Lansink served as a Senior Lecturer in Bio Chemistry at the University of Nijmegen, political advisor to PwC, President of Dutch Recycling Platform and as the Chairman of the Gelderland Environment Federation.

The Ladder of Lansink, also called the waste hierarchy became a standard for dealing with waste and distinguishes five forms of waste management: prevention, reuse, sorting/recycling, incineration and landfilling. The Ladder of Lansink was filed and adopted in 1979 and left a permanent mark on the Dutch waste policy.

He studied physical chemistry and has a PhD in Mathematics from University of Utrecht. You can find more about him on his websites and


November 26, 2018 from our 2018 Global Dialogue on Waste, Video Panels Ad Lansink, the author of Challenging Changes, discusses the circular economy in the 2018 Global Dialogue on Waste.Read More

December 10, 2014 from our Articles, The 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste In this interview, the Father of waste hierarchy - Ad Lansink - responds to questions like whether the circular economy has killed the waste hierarchy, and others.Read More

November 14, 2014 from our Articles, The 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste Ad Lansink is a former Dutch politician and the father of the waste hierarchy. Isonomia's Steve Watson conducted an interview with Ad Lansink based on questions submitted by be Waste Wise's community. This is the first of two installments of the interview. In the second installment, which will be published on 28th, November, Ad and Steve talk about circular economy and zero waste.Read More

September 17, 2014 from our Blog, News Submit your questions on waste management policies and solutions to us and Ad Lansink, inventor of the waste management hierarchy, will answer.Read More