Government and local authorities play an important role in advancing the circular economy by setting legislative agendas, strategic programs and public services.
After ending his mandate for running New York City until 2021, Mayor Bill de Blasio left behind a legacy of the future.
He took two well known public commitments about circular economy: 0x30 (achieve zero waste by 2030) and 80×50 (reduction of GHG emissions by 80% by 2050).
Regulations for CLMC (closed loop material cycles) innovating the single stream recycling, laws on EPR (extended producer responsibility), the development of Save-As-You-Throw program, the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) are just a few of the ambitious plans for NYC incentivising all stakeholders (producers, private and public consumers, local authorities) to come together towards a common goal.
E-cycleNYC, Re-fashioNYC, ReuseNYC and SAFE events are examples of collective programs which prevent reintroducing of unwanted “waste” materials back into markets as renewed products or raw commodities.