What the circular economy is
A circular economy is a key part of the solution to tackle climate change.
It aims to:
- reduce overconsumption and related greenhouse gas emissions
- design out waste
- restore and regenerate ecosystems
Circular economy principles are based on moving away from a ‘throw-away society’ to one that eliminates waste and pollution. It keeps products and materials in use for as long as possible.
A circular economy aims to redefine economic prosperity by separating economic activity from the consumption of finite resources.
Working towards a circular economy
We have committed to tackling the biodiversity crisis and becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The transition to a circular city will help us achieve this ambition.
- making changes to our policies and practices to reduce the carbon and material footprint of council services
- changing the way we do business and procure services
A Route Map to the Circular Economy
We have developed a circular economy route map and action plan to help deliver improved services and enhance and protect our environment.
Read the Circular Economy Route Map
Read the Circular Economy Action Plan
Making a difference
A move to a circular economy must involve stakeholders across the city:
- residents and communities can work together to share, re-use and reduce
- local businesses can reduce waste and try out new business models
- universities can foster the development of new materials and enterprises
- schools can nurture circular thinking in young minds
How to get involved
Upcoming events and activities
Search for upcoming events on our Circular Economy interactive website. These include free workshops, demonstrations and activities to take part in for residents, businesses, and community groups.
Inspire others with what you’re doing on The Circular Economy in Brighton & Hove interactive website or share your circular practices on social media using the hashtag #BHCircularStories.
Resources for businesses
- Innovate UK is the national innovation agency. Its support for business innovation has a strong focus on becoming net zero. Find the latest funding opportunities on the Innovation Funding Service webpage.
- Low carbon leaders
- Brighton Chamber – Net Zero champions
- Clean Growth UK – South East hub
- More information on our sustainable business page
Circular Brighton & Hove
If you or your organisation would like to learn more about circular actions you can join the Circular Brighton & Hove network or sign up for their next event.
Take and give inspiration
The council has set up a webpage where residents, businesses, community groups, scholars and innovators can share case studies that bring the circular economy to life.
Read, comment and post case studies on one of the following pages:
Become a Circular Economy Champion
Join others in sharing information and collecting pledges from friends, family neighbours and colleagues on how they can reduce, repair and reuse before recycling.
Learn more and register to become a champion.