Barrie Environmental Centre
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Recycling Council of Ontario
What is a circular economy?
March 2021 Staff Report: Circular Economy Approach - Policies and 2021-2022 Initiatives
March 2021 Circular Economy Presentation to City Building Committee
The City of Barrie is focused on influencing a shift to a circular economy approach by providing opportunities that support resident decision making with regards to waste.
Like all Ontario municipalities, Barrie continues to generate more waste every year, both in quantity and complexity. The consequence of this increase includes increasing litter, diminishing landfill capacity and negative impacts on natural assets.
A circular economy is one where resources, materials, and nutrients are continually circulated within the economy such that their productive value is maximized for as long as possible through reuse, recycling, and remanufacturing strategies. See
What is a circular economy? for more detail.
With this approach, waste is minimized, and resources are maximized by moving from a “Take, Make, Waste” economy to one with an economic focus on product longevity, renewability, and reuse and repair strategies that promote a zero-waste society.
The circular economy is about moving toward greener, more sustainable options. It means finding creative ways to make items, use things in new ways or return items so they can be reused. It means reducing food waste, and repairing or sharing things instead of throwing them out.
Every action counts. That’s why we’re supporting residents in their decision making when purchasing products, implementing new actions in their lives, and adopting behavioural change. Visit
barrie.ca/RethinkWaste for information and tips on how you can play a role in the circular economy.
The City of Barrie is working towards influencing behavioural change through leading by example:
Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy outlines how the Ontario government will build a system that puts valuable materials destined for landfill back into the economy.
Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (RRCEA) supports a number of Provincial interests centered around reducing the generation of waste through the continued growth and development of the circular economy and by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from waste management activities. Highlights include:
The Government of Canada is working to support and expand Canadians' participation in reusing, repairing, sharing. They are also working to support other circular strategies— remanufacturing, redesigning, reducing—to create new economic opportunities and a more sustainable and resilient economy. See
Government of Canada circular economy initiatives.
The Government of Canada is collaborating with provinces and territories to reduce plastic pollution, targeting approximately $1.3M to support projects that aim to reduce plastic waste, prevent plastic pollution and support the transition to a national circular plastics economy.
Policies are required to drive actions. The City leveraged the existing
Sustainable Waste Management Strategy and City initiatives, in conjunction with sector research, to identify a framework for addressing the gaps required to support a circular economy in Barrie.
The Framework consists of 4 pillars centered on the objectives of a circular economy, and is the basis for policy development supporting a changed approach to waste management:
Create and foster a culture of reuse
Ensure residents and businesses know about and are confident using recycling systems.
Rethink the role that food can play in supporting a circular economy.
Recover energy and materials after other efforts have been exhausted
Extend the lifecycle of goods, products, and resources through local repair, upgrade and reuse initiatives.
Maximize the recycling captured for processing.
Minimize food wastage from all sources.
Identify the economic value of waste and maximize local energy benefit from waste streams.
Food Production & Consumption
This framework guides the development of a waste and circular economy strategy that will:
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