Circular Economy: How we embed, innovate and play our part in building a circular economy

Here at The Recycle Project we encourage a Circular Economy, which is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and encouraging the continual use of resources. We are proud to say we save 20+ tonnes of waste PER MONTH, and find different ways to put it back into the community, working alongside Yorwaste, City of York council and North Yorkshire county council, visiting waste sites in the local and wider areas and intercepting the waste.

After collecting we then take the van load of goods back to our warehouse for cleaning and sorting. You just would not believe some of the things people throw away. At times it is astounding to see. We desperately need to revert back to ways of times gone by, treasuring and restoring items and trying to be much more resourceful. The aim of Circular Economy is basically to extract as much value as possible from products and materials, before recovering and regenerating them, with the aim of creating minimum waste.

We want to encourage people to rethink waste and change social norms surrounding the current throw away culture society has seemingly adopted. With profits made through the sale of the second hand goods we salvage, we are excited to be able to fund free learning workshops for the local community.

Circular economy explanation from Ellen McArthur Foundation

Most of the items we use in the various workshops on offer have also been saved from waste. Think upcycled materials and refashioned furniture! Just another example of how these waste goods can find their way back to good use. If Everyone ‘gets to know’ about Circular Economy, it will take over the traditional ‘linear’ economy model of ‘make, use, dispose’. This model is inefficient and has been pushing our planet to the brink. The climate crisis and depleting resources will not fix themselves. We believe it is our responsibility to create change, and we hope to lead by example and encourage people to rethink their own carbon footprint.

the recycle project mural

Creating circular economy

If we did this five key sectors could cut Co2 emissions by 3.7 billion tons by 2050. This is equivalent to eliminating current emissions from all forms of transport!!! Key elements of circular economy are prioritising regenerative resources, preserving and extending what’s already made, using waste as a resource rethinking business models and working together for the future. 

Lets work together

If everyone made an effort to reuse, recycle, and rethink waste. Together we can help to improve our environmental, economical and social systems and change the way we work for a better future.

We document a lot of what we do to play our part across our social media channels. If you could take some time and head over toy our preferred platform and say hello to us. Look out for hints and tips about how you both, as a business and an individual can help innovate our way to a finer future. 


Below is a gallery of some of our staff members out on site recovering what people call ‘waste’ and a few snaps of items we have recovered and made in some of our workshops. We hope you enjoy this journey as much as we do!

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Did you know we run FREE workshops?

CLICK ME!! Find out more about our pallet works, repair shop, bike maintenance, upcycling and so many more workshops!.

Find out more about them all in our workshop section

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Visual examples of how we embed a circular economy first ethos