About the Circular Economy

The Circular Economy

WHAT IS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY?

A circular economy exchanges the typical make, use, dispose industrial model in favour of a system that keeps products and materials in use for as long as possible. The longer materials and resources are in use, the more value is extracted from them. A circular economy designs out waste to ensure systems create resources to be utilised for as long as possible at maximum value to improve environmental and economic outcomes.

A transition to a circular economy is underpinned by renewable energy sources and the following key principles:

  • Sustainably managed resources
  • Designing out waste and pollution
  • Keeping products and materials in use
  • Fostering behaviour change through education and engagement

For more information see the:

NSW Circular Economy Policy

Ellen Macarthur Foundation

 

WHY A CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR THE HUNTER / CENTRAL COAST?

Creating a circular economy means long-term economic, social and environmental benefits for the Hunter and Central Coast (HCC) Region. The transition will enhance the environment, increase the robustness of the economy by creating new markets and jobs, increase accessibility to goods, maximise the value of resources, reduce waste and improve how we use finite natural resources. Using circular economy principles to help grow our region and provide great economic and environmental benefits is a well trodden path in many European regions.

HOW WILL WE CREATE A SUCCESSFUL CIRCULAR ECONOMY?

The Hunter and Central Coast Councils and partners across government, university and business sectors will develop a program of activities to help develop the Hunter Central Coast CE Eco-system. The program will include circular economy workshops, events, and education opportunities to improve knowledge, build engagement and foster collaboration.  The Hunter Joint Organisation will help drive the change through their CE program including strategic work, waste (resource) material scenario modelling, recycled content procurement projects and investigations into material trading platforms and a CE innovation hub.  The newsletter and website will host the latest information on our region's progress toward a circular economy.

The Hunter Central Coast Circular Economy Eco-system

The Hunter Central Coast (HCC) Eco-system website provides a snapshot of the circular economy participants in our region.  The current list is derived from the HCC Circular Economy Eco-system report and is only the beginning. We want everyone interested or participating across government, business, community and tertiary education sectors to engage with the eco-system and either join the database as a Circular Economy participant or sign up to the newsletter.

WHY AN ECO-SYSTEM FOR THE HUNTER / CENTRAL COAST?

The very nature of a circular economy is to connect businesses and other organisations together to create circular systems and avoid linear ones.  The best way to begin this journey is to create tools and methods to collaborate and this Eco-system website is here to foster this change. By collaborating we can help develop the region’s economy and drive environmental improvement at the same time. The Eco-system represents the start of an exciting new period that will help position the Hunter Central Coast as national leaders in the Circular Economy field. 

THE ECO-SYSTEM DATABASE AND WHO IS INCLUDED?

Anyone can sign up to the e-news. To join the database you must be participating in the Hunter and Central Coast region Circular Economy.  This is determined by the NSW Circular Economy policy definitions and principles with final say determined by the Hunter Circular Facilitators Group. 

be inclusive we have split circular economy participants into two categories – Community and Industrial – and they represent the scale at which these organisations participate in the Circular Economy in our region.  The map also splits the participants into Circular Economy categories enable, refurbish, recycle, reuse, share and maintain.