What the circular economy is

A circular economy is a key part of the solution to tackle climate change. It aims to reduce overconsumption, design out waste and 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 and regenerates natural systems.

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 Routemap to the Circular Economy

We are developing a Circular Economy Routemap and Action Plan to translate circular economy principles into action, deliver improved services and enhance and protect our environment.

The Routemap and Action Plan aim to:

  • support innovation
  • keep materials in irculation for longer
  • reduce the carbon-intensity of products through improved recycling and repurposing of products and materials
  • encourage collaboration between the public sector, private sector and communities
  • create new jobs and skills training in material processing, repair, remanufacturing and logistics
  • acknowledge the importance of more creative and fulfilling work
  • reverse the trend towards overseas manufacturing and automation as we shift from global manufacturing to local remanufacturing, upcycling and designing out waste
  • grow resilience to global economic shocks, as global supply chains are replaced with local, circular supply chains

The Circular Economy Routemap and Action Plan will be published on this webpage soon

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

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.

Circular economy map

If your organisation is already using circular economy solutions, you can sign up to the city’s Circular Economy Map. The map already hosts over 100 organisations and initiatives contributing to a Circular Economy in Brighton & Hove.

Be inspired

Case studies that bring to life innovative organisations already working in a circular way include: