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Resource Recovery Gippsland Supports a Circular Economy

Maximising resources and minimising waste makes sense; it brings with it many environmental, economic and social benefits.

We see this happening in many ways and in varying degrees around the world – efforts to increase recycling, the removal of single-use plastic from systems, the growing focus on sustainable food production and consumption.

For many, the ultimate sustainability goal is moving from a linear economy, also known as a take-make-consume-waste economy, to a circular economy, also known as a green economy, where resources are in use for as long as possible – maximising the resource, minimising waste.

Going Circular

In a circular economy, the use of raw materials is minimised because products are designed, from the very start, to be reused, repaired and/or recycled.

This enables one product to have multiple lifecycles and many products to be made using recycled materials.

A circular economy also prioritises manufacturing processes and products that:

  • are effective and cost-efficient
  • minimise the draw upon natural resources and energy
  • maximise environmental, health and safety outcomes.

 

24 February 2020 - Transforming Recycling In Victoria

Victoria will have a container deposit scheme and households will get a new fourth bin, as part of a plan to reduce waste going to landfill by 80 per cent in ten years with a massive overhaul of the state’s waste and recycling system by the Andrews Labor Government. Find out more...

Recycling Victoria

 

Interested in how you can go circular?

Visit the links below for further information.

> The Circular Economy – An Explainer (Parliament of Victoria)


> What Goes Around Comes Around – towards a circular economy (CSIRO)


> Transitioning to a Circular Economy – insights from the frontline (Australia Post)

> Transitioning to a Circular Economy - Victoria Government

> What is the Circular Economy? - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

 

Going Circular was discussed on Q&A, watch an excerpt below:

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