What is circular economy?

The circular economy is about designing out waste and moving from a throw-away society to one where we seek to find useful ways to use the waste we generate.

We live in a sell more, sell faster economy. The amount of time between buying and discarding a product is getting shorter and shorter, indeed many products are still functioning when they are discarded.

Consequently there is a lot of value in our waste streams which we are not benefiting from. Managing the waste we generate is becoming a greater and greater burden on society and we are using and discarding many non-replaceable raw materials.

The circular economy aims to address this by looking at how we can significantly reduce the amount of waste we generate and seek to get more value from it. 

We will connect companies across the region, helping them realise the benefits the circular economy presents to diversity, reduce costs, gain better value from their waste and explore the potential new business opportunities it presents.

An online survey was sent to the local businesses and responses were gathered to gauge the awareness of circular economy. We have now published the full report. 

How can I get involved?

There are a number of ways you can get involved. From working with us directly to support your business implement opportunities to increasing your awareness of the opportunities this might offer in the future.

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Our team

  • Terri Vogt

    Circular North-east project manager

    An experienced manager, business woman and environmentalist

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    Terri Vogt Circular North-east project manager

     

    An experienced manager, business woman and environmentalist, Terri’s experience has developed over a 28 year career working with a wide range of organisations.

    A strategist rather than specialist, she is ideally placed to see the bigger picture, understand how projects and strands can fit together and the importance of stakeholder engagement. With a proven track record of building business, stakeholder engagement and managing large inter-disciplinary projects, Terri has helped develop a new business in Aberdeen, run her own business and worked in the consultancy, corporate and public sector. 

    She leads on the Circular Economy project delivered by the Chamber on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland, helping organisations identify opportunities to turn waste into wealth.

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