The circular economy
The notion of the circular economy is central to sustainability, underpinned by a model of 'make, use, reuse' which can be contrasted with that of the linear economy ('make, use, dispose’).
This section outlines the key background and principles, before going on to examine the legal framework in the UK. It also makes reference to the EU’s circular economy strategy, with a tentative nod towards the early possible implications of Brexit.
The key challenge of delivering a circular economy is waste management and, as such, this section is heavily bound up with the waste hierarchy. It also looks briefly at all-important social factors and the UN Global Compact – currently the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.