How to create a circular economy for our communities

19 April 2022

Climate change is set to be the most challenging issue of our age, and will have far-reaching consequences across the world. In order to take action, we need to change the way we interact with the planet, including through our towns and communities.

One way to do this is through the circular economy, a model which illustrates how we can make the most of every resource we have, reduce waste – or even stop it from happening in the first place.

The circular economy can help communities and the planet, but it can be difficult to know where to start. York and North Yorkshire LEP’s Circular Towns Guide explains the concepts in context, and provides a simple, flexible framework to help communities create action, launch new initiatives, become part of a larger network of Circular Towns, and move towards a greener, fairer, stronger future. The guide is illustrated with various exercises and case studies, and is completely free to access.

For more information on the guide, email Erin Wheeler, Circular Economy Officer at YNY LEP,