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.

We are:

  • 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

We post about upcoming events hosted by the council and other organisations on the council’s interactive, Circular Economy webpage.

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.

Join the network 

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.