We at AGC strongly believe in a circular economy. A circular economy is an economic system that aims to eliminate waste and encourages the continual use of resources. In contrast to a traditional linear economy (take, make, use, waste), all materials are treated as precious resources and nothing is thrown away.
The concept of a traditional linear economy uses resources and creates waste at a rate that is 1.7 times more than what the earth can support in the long-term. This can be eliminated through a circular economy where the aim is to prioritise the re-use and recycling of resources in order to eliminate waste and keep them circulating around.
Extending the life of products and materials prevents the over-generation of waste so we can preserve resources and prevent things going straight to landfill.
A circular economy favours reusing and recycling; the longer the materials and resources are in, the more value is extracted from them.
What you can do to support all stages of a circular economy:
Consider purchasing products that are going to last. It may be tempting to purchase a cheaper product, but in some circumstances this may not last as long.
Repair clothing or broken products wherever possible.
Before throwing something out, consider other uses for that specific product/material.
Improve your recycling practices and ensure that you are sorting your waste correctly.
Purchase recycled products if possible. It is important to always explore your options before purchasing and support recycling wherever you can.
Purchase products where the full life-cycle of that product has been considered from manufacturing, to the consumer, and what happens once it reaches the end of its life.
Avoid single-use items. Today, there are many alternatives such as reusable coffee cups, straws and containers.
Our unique Green Loop Program™ aligns with the concept of a circular economy (See image below). What you bring to site is compostable (made by plants) and can therefore be placed into the organic stream to be turned into mulch. Check out our website for more details on this initiative: https://www.australiangreenclean.com.au/green-loop-program
We would love to hear from you on the steps you have taken either at your workplace, or individually, to further support a circular economy.