In circular cities, businesses, government and the public work together to apply and embody circular principles tailored to the area’s unique local cultures, economy, and ecosystem. Everyone has a role to play in helping to move Toronto toward a circular economy.
Actions Individuals Can Take
- Choose reusable items such as bags and beverage and food containers instead of disposable ones.
- Reduce overconsumption and drive demand for circular products and services by shopping consciously.
- Repair and repurpose items to maximize their use and reduce the need for new products to be created.
- Donate items to extend their life.
- Borrow, share or rent less frequently used items, such as tools, party supplies, camping gear, sports equipment, board games, toys and vehicles.
- Make choices that are regenerative and support the health of natural systems, such as backyard composting, planting pollinator gardens, and making your home bird-friendly.
Learn more waste reduction tips.
Actions Organizations Can Take
- Companies can unlock the potential of circular finance and circular business models, such as Buy and Sell Back, Buy and Sell On, and Product-as-Service, and can prioritize innovative design and production, finding new ways to access, use and reuse materials.
- Advocacy groups and cultural associations can support a more equitable transition to a circular economy through participation in decision-making.
- Social partners, such as trade and labour unions, can represent the interests of workers and employers during the transition to a circular economy.
- Standards authorities can establish international circular metrics, indicators and standards to guide and measure progress toward the circular economy.
- Institutes and professional accreditation bodies can drive knowledge creation and equip workers with the skills required for a just circular transition.
- Circular organizations in Toronto may be eligible for financial and non-financial supports offered by the Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL). Learn more about COIL’s offerings and eligibility criteria.
Actions the City Can Take
The City of Toronto can play a leading role in the transition toward a more circular economy and create an environment in which circular innovation can flourish by:
- Developing a Circular Economy Road Map for Toronto.
- Mobilizing stakeholders around circular goals.
- Providing education related to and improving the understanding of opportunities for circularity, including through City services and business processes.
- Managing the City’s assets in a circular way, including through circular procurement.
- Incentivizing and regulating Toronto’s circular business ecosystem.
- Actively seeking diverse perspectives and ways of knowing.
- Addressing historical and systemic injustices and continuing to explore ways to work with and learn from Indigenous Peoples (as Rights Holders) and equity-deserving communities in the circular transition.
- Working together with other levels of government to create the enabling conditions for businesses, industry, and communities to embark on a circular transition.
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