City businesses commit to creating a Circular Economy by 2050

by | Mar 24, 2017 | Cir­cu­lar eco­nomy, Events

City organ­isa­tions includ­ing Roy­al Haskon­ing DHV, Skanska, Viridor and Coca Cola, Free Think­ing, I3 Media and Rail­world, today atten­ded a sign­ing cere­mony com­mit­ting sup­port to cre­ate a Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough by 2050.

Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough, a Future Peter­bor­ough ini­ti­at­ive, delivered by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, encour­ages col­lab­or­at­ive work­ing across the city to max­im­ise the life­cycle of products and ser­vices, driv­ing great­er resource pro­ductiv­ity, redu­cing envir­on­ment­al impact and address­ing declin­ing nat­ur­al resource issues in the future.

The Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough Com­mit­ment sets out an approach: rethink­ing; redesign­ing; repair­ing; repur­pos­ing, reusing and shar­ing; reman­u­fac­tur­ing; recyc­ling and recov­er­ing products and ser­vices – the 7 Rs which enables the city to make the most of loc­al resources, sup­port eco­nom­ic resi­li­ence, develop strong com­munit­ies and increase envir­on­ment­al sus­tain­ab­il­ity.  Organ­isa­tions who have signed the com­mit­ment are act­ively involved in devel­op­ing pilot pro­jects and ini­ti­at­ives which encour­age a more sus­tain­able approach to busi­ness in our city.

Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Pro­ject Dir­ect­or of the Future Cit­ies Pro­gram­me said ‘Put simply, if we con­tin­ue to use resources at the cur­rent rate, we will need three plan­ets worth to sup­port future gen­er­a­tions.  Cre­at­ing a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy here in Peter­bor­ough starts at grass­roots with city busi­nesses com­mit­ting to rethink the way they oper­ate’.

Paul Row­land, Region­al Man­ager for Viridor added of the com­mit­ment: “Peter­bor­ough is at the fore­front of devel­op­ing a more resource effi­cient UK. As a city we must look to reduce the amount of waste we pro­duce, recycle as much as pos­sible and then at the Energy Recov­ery Facil­ity we work closely with Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil to trans­form what res­id­ents throw away in their bins into power­ing homes in the city along with sup­port­ing loc­al busi­nesses to divert waste away from land­fill. By com­mit­ting to the Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough ini­ti­at­ive we will be able to sup­port the City as it grows in the future devel­op­ing a more resi­li­ent and suc­cess­ful place to live.”