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Circular Economy: Beyond Recycling

What is the Circular Economy?

The circular economy goes far beyond finding a recycling solution at end-of-life. Circularity incorporates better design that consumes less raw material during production, maximizes value during use, and improves products and services that are intended to eliminate wastes.

How can Canadians advance our circular economy? Purchase smartly designed products meant to be reused, refurbished, and dismantled. Support companies that will lease or rent their products and offer to take them back for recycling after use.

We need to move away from our current linear model of consumption and production, which takes resources, makes products, and disposes of products and packaging in landfill.

A linear economy is a traditional model of production and consumption where resources are made into products and used until discarded as waste. A circular economy is a new model of production and consumption that keeps materials at their highest utility and value throughout their lifecycle, and recirculated into productions cycle to avoid waste.












Would you like to learn more about the circular economy and how it differs from recycling? Watch our new video released for Waste Reduction Week in Canada's 20th Anniversary in 2021!