A circular economy is aimed at eliminating waste and promoting the reuse of resources. It focuses on repair, refurbishing and recycling to create a closed loop system.
According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a Cowes, U.K.-registered charity focused on accelerating the transition to a circular economy, cities play a crucial role in creating conditions for a circular economy to emerge and thrive because they set direction and they are drivers of innovation and investment.
While there are many North American municipalities that have explored the option of adopting zero waste and sustainability goals, some have created initiatives to transition to a circular economy model. In this gallery, Waste360 has gathered a sampling of a few programs municipalities have implemented, putting them closer to a closed loop system.