What’s the role of local authorities and communities in a circular economy? – live chat

Local authorities are fragmented in their approaches and there are few political incentives for them to work together, which makes recycling and reuse often too complex and piecemeal for people to want to engage with. People pay for waste through their taxes and yet they feel disenfranchised from (or simply disengaged with) the whole process.

There are practical solutions springing up and reasons to be positive. Local repair groups such as Restart are teaching people how to repair and reuse products, the popularity of Freecycle (the grassroots organisation that lists products people want to give away) is an example of a real desire to move away from disposal, and younger people, suffering from the brunt of the recession, seem to be more engaged with what they are throwing away.

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