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The circular economy

Circular economy

In our existing economy,

  • we take resources from the ground, air and water
  • we make them into products and structures
  • then we dispose of them.


In a circular economy

  • we get as much value as possible from the resources that we use
  • we return nutrients to the soil and ensure on-going productivity
  • we minimise value lost by reducing landfill and incineration (preventing ‘leakage from the economy’).

Consider the design of your products, the materials you use and how they can be re-used, refurbished or recycled when they reach the end of their useful life.

Northern Ireland Business in the Community: Circular economy

WRAPNI: Circular economy

Zero Waste Scotland: Circular Economy Business Support Service offers up to 30 days consultancy support to explore more circular ways of doing business.

Zero Waste Scotland: The Circular Economy Investment Fund is a £18 million grant funding pot for small and medium sized enterprises who are helping to create a more circular economy.



NetRegs: Towards a circular economy

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  • A day with Hydrology, SEPA's hydrometry unit is responsible for around 400 gauging stations and 350 rainfall monitoring sites. River gauging stations are important as they allow river levels to be monitored so flood events can be predicted and flood warnings sent out.

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