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The shift to a circular economy

Ambitious objectives towards a more circular economy can only be achieved if production methods are changed

European cities are becoming increasingly committed to the transition to a more circular economy, in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them while in use, and then recovering and regenerating materials at the end of each service life.

As the level of government closest to citizens, cities are well placed to raise awareness of sustainable consumption and stimulate new resource efficient business models.

City authorities play a crucial role in improving waste management and transforming waste into raw materials for European industry. European cities have experience in providing sustainable waste management as a service and are ready to use resource management further to maximise the benefits of the circular economy. Integrating resource efficiency measures with economic and social policies can stimulate local job creation.

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