Green Industries SA (formerly Zero Waste) estimates that the circular economy could deliver 25,700 South Australian jobs by 2030. A circular economy is restorative by design, keeping products, components and materials at their highest utility and value as long as possible. This approach contrasts with the traditional linear economic system of take, make, use and dispose.
As Rodin Genoff noted in his publication “Industry Intelligence Issue 3.0 May 2017” and discussed at the Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) event in May 2017, the Circular Economy is driving new investment that is underpinned by principles of re-use, re-manufacture, design and regeneration. Cities like Adelaide have the industrial and innovative DNA to re-invent themselves as early adopters of the circular economy. In many respects, Adelaide already is (i.e. Tonsley Precinct and Green Industries SA).
URPS’ support of the principles and practices of the Circular Economy included writing articles such as “What Circular Economy Approaches Can Do For Adelaide” published in the mentioned Industry Intelligence publication. Practical examples include facilitating the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) DAC planning approval for a state-of-the-art new recycling facility and education centre (partnering with KESAB) at Edinburgh Park and LMS Energy section 49 Development Act approval to harvest gas from landfill as a community energy resource which will power 1,500 households and reduce Co2 emissions by 5,000 to 10,000 tonnes annually.