Lake County Circular Economy

Historically waste management was viewed in a linear fashion – produce the product, use the product and then landfill it when done.  The 2019 Plan Update includes a new section in an effort to shift the thinking in Lake County to a circular economy (CE) approach to waste management, and to evaluate our programs not just on a diversion rate, but to include reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) in the evaluation process as well.  

RRS Recycling System Best Practices Template

Circular Economy

The first Circular Economy Workshop in Lake County

SWALCO is excited to invite you to the first Circular Economy Workshop for Lake County! This workshop will be presented online in partnership with RRS on September 24th, 2020 from 9 am CDT to 12 pm. The Workshop will also formally kick off SWALCO's strategic reuse partnership with Rheaply and will provide information on how to begin participating in a countywide reuse program initially targeted at businesses and institutions.

The goals of the Workshop will be to provide you with a deeper understanding of the circular economy model, how it is already working in Lake County, and how we can work together to strengthen it. We are inviting the leaders of business, the waste industry, the recycling and composting industry, local, state and federal government, non-profit organizations, local chambers of commerce, and primary and secondary schools to participate in this Workshop. However, this webinar is only the beginning of this effort, concrete steps that you and your organization can take to build a stronger circular economy in Lake County will be presented in partnership with Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) and Rheaply. We hope as a team we can inspire change and offer viable solutions to help Lake County kickstart Circular Economy principles within our community.

Please see flyer & agenda for workshop to the right

Lake County Circular Economy Flyer

CE email

Circular Economy Workshop Agenda

SWALCO CE Virtual Workshop agenda SEPT 24 2020 _V3_Page_1

U.S. Plastics Pact Press Release

US Plastics Pact Press release

U.S. Plastics Pact

SWALCO joined the U.S. Plastics Pact in August 2020 to continue Circular Economy Efforts on a nationwide scale. This U.S. Pact was created in partnership by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, WWF and predominately lead by the Recycling Partnership. SWALCO looks forward to this opportunity, as it aligns well with SWALCO's Circular Economy goals and allows for more collaboration with stakeholders across the country. Check out the Press release for more information on the Plastics Pact Goals or visit 


A Great Lakes Region Circular Economy Webinar

On June 18, 2020, SWALCO participated in an online webinar with Resource Recycling Systems outlining the Circular Economy initiatives happening in the Great Lakes Region. SWALCO discussed the current projects in place that enable Lake County work toward a circular economy, as well as future plans to grow this initiative. Presenters included SWALCO, the Council of the Great Lakes Region, and Resource Recycling Systems. This webinar is a precursor to a workshop SWALCO is planning to hold later this year and is intended to help jump start the Circular Economy movement here in Lake County. This webinar gives a higher-level view and demonstrates how regional efforts like ours can be plugged into the larger Circular Economy initiative that the Council of the Great Lakes Region is working on. You can view the recording of the webinar at the link below if interested in viewing the conversation! 

Webinar Recording Link: 

Circular Economy Webinar Flyer

Regional Approaches to Fuel Local Circular Economies Flyer

RRS Circular Economy Webinar



Why we want to bring the Circular Economy to Lake County, IL

Please see Section 4 of the 2019 Solid Waste Management Plan Update for the Circular Economy Evaluation

2019 Lake County Solid Waste Management Plan Update



An Introduction to Circular Economy

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Circular Economy in Action

The Bridge to Circularity; Putting the New Plastics Economy Into Practice in the U.S.

The Recycling Partnership Bridge to Circularity Report

Closing the Loop - An EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy

EU, circular economy overview

The Circular Economy Toolkit for Small Business


Sustainable Business Park Master Plan by Kent County, Michigan Department of Public Works


Strategy to ReImagine Trash; Kent County, Michigan's Landfill Reduction Plan


Accelerating Circular Supply Chains for Plastic


Rheaply Presentation

Rheaply - SWALCO Presentation

Creating Circular Economy in the Great Lakes Region USCCF


Closing the Loop - An EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy (Addendum)

EU, circular economy, addendum

Building Something Sustainable in Kent County, Michigan

Kent County

Beyond 34 Case Study: The Development of a Recycling Public-Private Partnership



CNBC Explains What is the Circular Economy?

CNBC video

Can A Circular Economy Make Trash Obsolete? NowThis World


The Circular Economy TEDx Spokane


Circular Economy Explained by Systems Innovations

Systems Innovations

How the "circle" works

Circular Econo 2020