Circular Economy Month
Join us this October to celebrate Circular Economy Month!
For the first time in 2022, Waste Reduction Week was expanded and extended to celebrate the Circular Economy for the whole month of October! This month-long campaign is planned to educate and excite Canadians coast-to-coast about the opportunities and benefits of a Circular Economy. We continue to recognize Waste Reduction Week in the third week of October, and the remainder of the month focusses on introducing the concept of circular economy and amplifying its broader social, environmental, and economic benefits, communicating a different theme each week.
Want to get involved? There are plenty of ways for individuals, businesses, schools, and local governments to be a part of the conversation!
Profile your dedication to waste reduction to your community. Check back to see which municipalities have proclaimed Circular Economy Month!
Learn about food waste and take action by taking the Food Waste Pledge! If you are an elementary school or classroom taking the Pledge, take the Pledge for Kids.
Tag #CircularEconomyMonth and #WRWCanada on socials so everyone can see and share your Circular Economy Month and Waste Reduction Week activities!
Host an Event
Register your Circular Economy Month or Waste Reduction event or activity to be included on the calendar so that people across Canada can find and attend it!
Waste Reduction Week
Since 2001, National Waste Reduction in Canada has been organized by a coalition of non-government and not-for-profit environmental groups from each of the 13 participating provincial and territorial jurisdictions across the country. Every year, we challenge businesses, organizations, and individuals to reduce their ecological footprint and to come up with unique and creative ways to reduce waste.
Each day of Waste Reduction Week has a different theme to engage with a different facet of waste reduction. They focus the discussion, promote achievements, and celebrate advancements in each area. Support areas that are most important to you, or learn more about a new issue!
October 16: Circular Economy Monday
Learn more about what it means to transition to a circular economy. What makes it different from a linear economy? How is a circular economy different from recycling?
October 17: Textiles Tuesday
We all need clothing and other textile goods, but did you know that the average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles each year? Learn more about the circular economy for textiles and how you can extend the life of your clothing.
October 18: E-Waste Wednesday
Rapid advances in technology mean there’s always something new and exciting on the horizon. Learn more about how circular approaches to design and supply chains can take waste out of the equation.
October 19: Plastics Thursday
Billions of tonnes of plastic have been generated since the 1950s – on Plastic Thursday learn more about how a circular economy can reduce improve plastics management across the whole lifecycle – from design to re-design.
October 20: Food Waste Friday
Across Canada, 58% of all food produced is wasted and at a global scale, 1/3 of food produced is lost or wasted annually. You can take the Food Waste Pledge to learn more about food waste in Canada, and actions you can take to reduce food waste.
October 21: Sharing Economy Saturday
A sharing economy means that you don’t need to own something to access it – like renting power tools you might only use once or twice a year. Learn more about how you might already be participating in the sharing economy, and find more opportunities to share!
October 22: Swap & Repair Sunday
When products are designed with longevity and repair in mind, they can find new life over and over again. Learn more about how swap and repair economies – like clothing swaps and repair cafes – contribute to the circular economy.
What is the Circular Economy?
What’s the hype? Learn more about the transition to a Circular Economy and see what it could mean for our communities, businesses, and environment on our Circular Economy page.
Resources for Schools
Find the School Resource Kit, including Waste Reduction Week activities, instructions on implementing your very own waste reduction action plan, and much more!
Resources for Businesses
The Business Resource Kit includes suggestions for waste reduction activities, as well as resources to conduct a waste assessment, and implement a waste reduction action plan.
Resources for Municipalities
With resources specifically tailored to local governments, the Municipal Resource Kit highlights resources to support creation of waste reduction action plans and green procurement.
BC Circular Economy Scan (2017)
Jurisdictional Scan for Circular Economy
Prepared for: BC Ministry of Environment March 20172017 Circular Economy Scan
In 2016, the Province of British Columbia (i.e., the B.C. Government) released its Climate Leadership Plan (CLP). One element of the CLP is to develop a waste-to-resource strategy for the province of British Columbia, as well as a focus for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by diverting organics from landfill. In line with the CLP, the B.C. Ministry of Environment engaged the Delphi Group in early 2017 to undertake research designed to profile circular economy best practices from leading jurisdictions around the world that could help inform the B.C. Government’s waste-to-resource strategy. The objective of this work was to provide an analysis of circular economy initiatives / actions with respect to their policy effectiveness and impacts, as well as the opportunities and challenges that have arisen from governments taking these actions.
As part of the study, the Delphi Group conducted extensive secondary research on eight leading jurisdictions and their circular economy policies and programs. Jurisdictions covered as part of this study include: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Ontario, Scotland, and Sweden. In addition, the Delphi Group consulted with 20 government agencies, industry organizations, policy think-tanks, and other sector experts to gather additional important resources, insights, and data to support the research. This report provides a summary of the research and analysis undertaken by the Delphi Group as part of the jurisdictional scan for circular economy policy best practices.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Completing the Picture (2021)
Completing the Picture: How the circular economy tackles climate change
Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Material Economics; 2021 ReprintEMF Completing the Picture – How the circular economy tackles climate change 2021
“The current response to the global climate crisis represents an incomplete picture. This paper argues that putting in place a circular economy is a fundamental step towards achieving climate targets.
Such a shift moves us beyond efforts to minimise emissions in our extractive linear system. It offers a systematic response to the crisis by both reducing emissions and increasing resilience to its effects. The benefits encompass meeting other goals such as creating more liveable cities, distributing value more widely in the economy, and spurring innovation. These attributes make the circular economy a potent contributor to achieving zerocarbon prosperity…”
European Union Circular Economy Action Plan (2020)
Circular Economy Action Plan: For a cleaner and more competitive Europe
European Commission, March 2020EU European Union Circular Economy Action Plan 2020
“There is only one planet Earth, yet by 2050, the world will be consuming as if there were three. Global consumption of materials such as biomass, fossil fuels, metals and minerals is expected to double in the next forty years, while annual waste generation is projected to increase by 70% by 2050.
As half of total greenhouse gas emissions and more than 90% of biodiversity loss and water stress come from resource extraction and processing, the European Green Deal launched a concerted strategy for a climate-neutral, resource-efficient and competitive economy. Scaling up the circular economy from front-runners to the mainstream economic players will make a decisive contribution to achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and decoupling economic growth from resource use, while ensuring the long-term competitiveness of the EU and leaving no one behind…”
National Zero Waste Council Circular Cities Summary (2019)
Circular Cities: A Scan of Global Approaches and Key Takeaways for Canadian Local Governments
National Zero Waste Council; May 2019NZWC Circular Cities Summary 2019
“The National Zero Waste Council (NZWC)’s Circular Economy Working Group commissioned this scan of concepts and European best practices related to circular cities to help inform and promote the adoption of circular city approaches in Canada.
The scan involved desktop research and key informant interviews. Interview subjects included representatives from within Canada to ground-truth the research in a Canadian context, and representatives of Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Circle Economy to obtain input on leading European examples. Abundant desktop research sources were available to compile ‘snapshot’ overviews of leading circular city examples; as such, no interviews were conducted with European city representatives. Subsequent work may include further refinement of this summary report, development of a primer, and development of a webinar or knowledge platform to support Canadian cities in transitioning to a circular economy…”
National Zero Waste Council Circular Economy Business Toolkit (2021)
National Zero Waste Council Circular Economy Business Toolkit
Updated August 2021NZWC Circular Economy Business Toolkit 2021
“This toolkit is a how-to guide for businesses of all sizes, and sectors, to explore the opportunities of circular modes of design, production and service. It updates an earlier toolkit published in 2015.
The guide draws on a wide range of existing resources and research to define key terms, outline how businesses can benefit, and present case studies from around the world. References adapted for each chapter of the toolkit are listed at the back; additional resources are provided in each chapter. The toolkit covers three key areas:
• BUSINESS STRATEGY: how to develop a circular business strategy;
• DESIGN INNOVATION: steps to include circular concepts in the design process; and
• STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT: how to engage top stakeholders in the circular initiative.”
The RCBC Circular Economy Guide (2020)
RCBC Guide to the Circular Economy
Learn about what makes a Circular Economy different, and what it means to make the switch in this Infographic system guide!RCBC Circular Economy Guide 2020