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  • Charlie Sykes

A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

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 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. What you bring to site is compostable (made by plants) and can therefore be placed into the organic stream to be turned into mulch.

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