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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.

 

8 July 2019 - CIRCULAR ECONOMY TO STRENGTHEN OUR RECYCLING SECTOR

The Andrews Labor Government is taking the next step towards developing a circular economy that maximises the reuse of materials and reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfill. Find out more...

 

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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