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Advancing the ​Circular Economy Through Procurement

Municipal Perspective


Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. PDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT

The circular economy aims to keep products and materials at their highest value at all times, eliminate waste, and reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. It goes beyond simply recycling - from production to end-of-life and along the entire supply chain - by improving product design, business models, and modes of consumption.

Governments are poised to accelerate the transition to the circular economy through their own procurement, which is a powerful mechanism that aligns purchasing power with sustainability by taking into account entire product lifecycles.

Procurement is a powerful mechanism that drives circularity and supports resource efficiency and waste reduction. It is estimated that Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries spend 12 per cent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on public procurement. With a $1.9 trillion GDP Canada spends $230 billion on procurement alone. Cities and businesses are at the forefront of sustainability and can harness their buying power to lead the transition from a linear take-make-dispose model of consumption to a circular model that is restorative and regenerative by design.

The National Zero Waste Council, City of Toronto and Recycling Council of Ontario are active in  advancing the circular economy in Canada, and are pleased to invite you to join us for an exclusive webinar that:

  • highlights the City of Toronto's journey to becoming a Circular City;
  • outlines the process to engage stakeholders in developing a circular framework;
  • spotlights key considerations to advance a circular economy through procurement.


  • Annette Synowiec – Manager Business Operations & Change Initiatives, City of Toronto
  • Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario


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