About the Hub

A Virtual Community Hub for Resources & Information about Share, Reuse, and Repair

Share, reuse, and repair are simple but essential actions we can easily incorporate into our lives to extend the life of products we use everyday and stimulate a circular economy. Supporting share, reuse and repair keeps items out of landfills, reduces carbon emissions and supports local businesses in our communities.

Launched in 2022 by the Circular Innovation Council with support from York Region’s Circular Economy Initiatives Fund, the Share, Reuse, Repair Hub is an online resource that allows easy access to information that enables share, reuse, and repair. Explore the Hub to find businesses and resources available near you!

The Hub aims to increase awareness in the community of the benefits of the circular economy, and help measure the impact of reducing waste. Its also creates awareness for communities with an emphasis on promoting local businesses and events that showcase circular business models.

What is the Circular Economy?

Circular economy is a new way of looking at how we use—and ultimately reuse—materials and resources. Our economy is resource-based, meaning it depends on the ability to preserve finite resources in order to succeed. Historically, products have been produced and consumed through a linear process (make, take, waste). Products are designed and used for convenience with a limited life and diminishing value over time. Environmental, economic, and social costs aren’t considered in the linear model.

Circularity incorporates better design that consumes fewer raw materials during production, maximizes value during use, and improves products and services that significantly reduce or eliminate waste. A circular economy ultimately moves beyond the linear approach to create a more sustainable, closed-loop system where resources are kept in circulation for as long as possible.

Linear Economy

Circular Economy

Benefits of a Circular Economy

Ways you can help advance the circular economy

About Circular Innovation Council

Circular Innovation Council is a not-for-profit environmental organization that believes solutions for greater resource efficiency and environmental protection is to advance the circular economy. We are inclusive and collaborative among supply and value chains; and seek to advance circular business models, products, and services that deliver redefined values to equate social, environmental, and economic benefit. Throughout our history we have played a lead role in uniting stakeholders across entire value and supply chains, and utilize expertise and experience of our diverse membership. We leverage collaborative efforts to fully understand priority and realize potential. In doing so we are strategically positioned as a resource organization that all actors can use to develop and implement their strategies.

Visit Circular Innovation Council to learn more about the circular economy and the actions we are taking to put circular economy concepts into action.

Our Partner Municipalities

Regional Municipality of York Region (Founding Partner)

About York Region’s Circular Economy Initiatives Fund

The Share, Reuse, Repair Hub is a project partially funded by The Regional Municipality of York’s Circular Economy Initiatives Fund, offering funding to non-profit, community-driven, innovative projects that will help reduce residential waste and advance a circular economy. The fund supports organizations whose projects result in a reduction of residential waste generated (based on weight) or an increase in reuse of residential waste, diverting it from landfill, as well as education and awareness projects that lead to behaviour change and/or increased knowledge of the value of waste. Learn more about the fund at York.ca

How York Region is Going Circular

York Region’s waste management master plan, also known as the SM4RT Living Plan, has a visionary goal of “a world in which nothing goes to waste” and includes an objective to “inspire people across the Region to embrace SM4RT Living and advance the circular economy”.

To reach these goals the Region developed several initiatives to promote SM4RT Living’s 4Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle and recover) that align with a circular approach to waste management.

The Region also developed a Circular Economy Roadmap that identifies opportunities to integrate the circular economy into its operations, programs and policies.  Learn more at York.ca.

Peel Region

Peel Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe, and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 200,000 businesses in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. Through its Roadmap to a Circular Economy long-term waste management plan, Peel Region is committed to diverting 75% of its waste from landfill by 2034 through 3Rs (Reduction, Reuse and Recycling) initiatives and partnerships that move towards a circular economy and offer better environmental outcomes. For more information, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on X @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.

Disclaimer: The resources, events, organizations, and businesses listed on the Share, Reuse, Repair Hub are not directly affiliated with Circular Innovation Council and its municipal partners unless specifically indicated. The mission of the Share, Reuse, Repair Hub is to provide an inclusive scope of information and directory of resources for individuals to learn and take action. The resources and information listed on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of Circular Innovation Council and its municipal partners. While external content is carefully vetted prior to addition to this website, you accept full responsibility of any outcomes that may arise as a result of using this tool, and release Circular Innovation Council and its partners from liability. If you have any questions or concerns regarding content on this website or if you see information that requires updating, please email Circular Innovation Council: [email protected]

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