Regina Proclaims Circular Economy Month
Mayor Sandra Masters has proclaimed the first ever Circular Economy Month, joining municipalities across the country to build awareness around the social, environmental and economic benefits of a sustainable, circular economy. Each week in October, the City will be highlighting initiatives aimed at keeping Regina vibrant and sustainable for years to come.
“This month is a great way to raise awareness on the significant steps the City is taking towards becoming a renewable, net-zero city by 2050,” said Kim Onrait, Executive Director of Citizen Services. “The Energy and Sustainability Framework outlines opportunities for all aspects of Regina’s community and follows the principle of reduce, improve, switch.”
The first week of October is focused on introducing the concept of the circular economy, which goes far beyond recycling. A circular economy is a cycle where natural resources are used first to make products. After the products are used initially, the goal of a circular economy is to then reuse, share, repair or recycle the products to keep them in use and out of the landfill.
“The City of Regina is proud of its waste reduction and circular economy initiatives,” said Kurtis Doney, Director of Water, Waste & Environment. “A great example is the City’s Yard Waste Depot, where leaves, garden waste and branches are turned into compost that is given back to residents to be used in their gardens. In our waste management plan, composting and reusing are some of our highest priorities.”
Regina’s Energy & Sustainability Framework identifies seven “Big Moves” to help us become a renewable, net zero city by 2050. One of those “Big Moves” is generating renewable energy. The City’s Landfill Gas to Energy Facility captures landfill gas produced through waste decomposition and turns it into electricity. The City has been selling this electricity to SaskPower since January 2017.
To learn more about how your family can make big moves to keep Regina vibrant and environmentally sustainable, and to participate in the circular economy, visit Regina.ca/renewable