Climate Change and the Circular Economy

When your recyclables get made into new products, they contribute to North Carolina's circular economy.  

The circular economy is a model of consumption that keeps materials and products in circulation for as long as possible. It involves using products for longer periods of time, repairing or reusing products when possible, and recycling to create new things from existing materials.  

A circular economy requires less extraction of resources and generates less waste, as compared to a linear economy where products are made, consumed, and disposed. Benefits of a circular economy include energy savings, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, preservation of landfill space, job creation, and economic investment. 


Transitioning from a linear to a circular economy reduces our climate change impact by avoiding the greenhouse gas emissions from extracting more raw materials to make new products. 

A circular economy model disrupts the one-way flow of materials from resource extraction into landfills by recirculating materials into reuse and remanufacturing. A circular economy is based on reducing consumption, sustainable product design for recyclability, reusing and repairing products, and recycling used materials into feedstock for new products.