Circular Economy is an approach to shift economies away from waste to systems that support the well-being of people and our environment by:
- Designing out waste and pollution
- keeping products and materials in use
- Regenerating natural systems
Our community is a leader in sustainability and this integrated waste and resource management approach could further help our shire cut emissions and progress towards our zero-net emissions target for 2030.
To help get the ball rolling towards a more Circular Economy, Good Human led a project called Connecting the Circular Economy in the Hepburn Shire with support from the Hepburn Shire Council and Hepburn Energy. This project engaged with community members and following outcomes have been:
- A business and community survey on circular practices
- Several case studies of best practice in our region
- Engagement with community members and businesses
- A gap analysis finding what we need to get more circular
- Recommendations for moving forward
The research into circular approaches highlighted several key ‘Circular Nodes’ or clusters of activity that could help the Hepburn Shire become more circular, including; refill stations or service hubs, share technology, services and facilities and resource reclamation and repair.
To learn more, visit the Hepburn Shire Council’s Participate Hepburn website here.