What is a Circular Economy?

What is a Circular Economy?

Hi it’s dirtgirl here

Let’s talk rubbish!

There seems to a lot of it in our world and how we handle it is a big challenge.

But what is rubbish?

It’s the stuff that we have no use for anymore, that we want to throw out of our lives.

The stuff that we put in our bins.

Stuff like packages that the things we need  are wrapped or travel in, to get to our place.

Stuff like plastic bottle and tubs, plastic wraps and bags, glass jars, tins and cans and paper

Mostly it’s stuff we use once.

The there’s broken stuff, used up stuff like batteries and car tyres  and dirty stuff like tissues and used baby nappies and ikky band aids.


 Some people think that these things go away when we put them in the bin

But they don’t

There’s no magic  place called ‘away No suburb! No country! There is no AWAY


The rubbish that we put in our red lidded bin ends up in a hole in the ground called landfill and that’s definitely not away…it’s definitely not gone.

Some of it sits there on our precious earth for 100s and 1000s of years making pollution and harming the planet….and us!


 Lots of our rubbish… we recycle …YES!.

That’s the stuff we sort carefully and put in our yellow lidded bins…our recycle bins

..and that’s the bit I’m super interested in


 There’s a whole new way of looking at our rubbish.

In fact we have  even changed the way we talk about our rubbish…our wasted stuff… so much of it can be recycled

That means they can be used again to make new stuff

We even call our recyclables, RESOURCES now …instead of rubbish.


If we are smart about it , these jars and bottle, can and plastics , paper and tins can go round and round and round…saving materials being made, saving energy that make’s new stuff and best of all its saving our planet from pollution and harm

It’s like one big circle.

And that why we have new way of talking about this circle of resources

We are calling it…fanfare please…. the circular economy!!!

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And we can be part of it too

We can be recycling rockstars

Here’s my 3 top tips for helping to grow our circular economy

 1. Be a nature detective…visit your local council website and find out exactly what goes in your recycle bin. If it’s not clear send them a letter or email to find out more.

2. Learn the lingo…start thinking and talking about your recyclables as resources. Remember that these resources are going to make new things and are part of the new circular economy.

3. Be a good sorter…make sure that only the right things end up in your recycling  bin, that you follow your local councils recycling rules and that the resources you put in the recyclable bin are ready to get used again.


So there you have it..

We are just at the start of the new way of thinking

It might take a whole for the whole community to get on board

And now we know how it goes, we can be leaders, share the news and help other people to get involved too

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Together we can be Rockstar recyclers.

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