What is the circular economy and how does it apply in Squamish?

Muni receives $290,000 to support circular economy practices within the community.

The District of Squamish received just $290,000 in funding from its province. Circular Economy Trailblazer Project (CETP).

With funding from BC’s Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program (REDIP), the District aims to help local businesses with circular economy practices through education from CETP.

In addition, businesses participating in the CETP can apply for grant funding by presenting ideas that incorporate circular economy practices.

The The federal government is defining a circular economy „Retaining and recovering as much value as possible from resources by reusing, repairing, refurbishing, remanufacturing, repurposing or recycling products and materials.”

Mayor Armand Hurford said in a news release that it is „essential” to follow these procedures.

„A holistic environmental policy involves developing our local economy in a way that minimizes waste emissions and is a real investment in driving economic prosperity within the community,” he continued.

Hurford spoke about such practices at the annual mayoral luncheon on June 14 at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola. Valleycliff Fire Hall No. He explained that the district followed circular economy practices when building 1.

„We were able to divert 90% of the waste from that project,” he said. „So it’s recycled, it’s reused [and] It doesn’t go directly to the landfill.

An example diverted from Harford’s landfill comes months after county officials were told the most up-to-date landfill capacity estimates indicated it would be full by 2030. Earlier, it was estimated to be 2029.

In 2021, the district developed a circular economy roadmap to implement these circular practices in the local economy. The roadmap focuses on construction, the built environment, food systems and textiles, according to the press release.

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