Circular Cities

Cities are at the center of our current waste crisis but also have the opportunity to lead the transition to a circular economy.

The Challenge

As cities develop and grow, global urban waste generation is estimated to increase from 2 billion tons in 2016 to 3.4 billion tons in 2050 (World Bank). The traditional take-make-waste linear economy is overwhelming cities waste management systems, which are a critical foundation for achieving urban resilience and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Nearly 50% of our member cities indicate waste management as a priority to build urban resilience and advance sustainable development. Cities can turn this enormous waste challenge into a story of success by leveraging circular approaches as a policy response and transitioning from a linear to a circular economy 

What we do

Cities are demanding innovative solutions that allow them to cope with the challenges of the future and drive inclusive economic growth, jobs and environmental quality . Despite their need for sustainable waste management, there is a clear lack of investment-ready, bankable projects that maximise economic, social, and environmental benefits.

R-Cities, together with a consortium of partners, is supporting cities to identify risks to and vulnerabilities in their waste management system and improve their project preparation in order to realize resilience benefits and build lasting capacity in cities. Resilience projects that incorporate circular principles can enable cities to maximize opportunities and achieve multiple benefits through their waste management systems.  

R-Cities works to advance circularity through:

News and Resources

Challenging hospitality businesses in Glasgow to reduce food and bar waste

Challenging hospitality businesses in Glasgow to reduce food and bar waste

‘Plate up for Glasgow’ started out as a campaign to reduce waste in Glasgow’s food and beverages sector in the lead up to and throughout COP26, hosted by Glasgow in November 2021.
Building Resilient Food Systems: The Chennai Urban Farming Initiative

Building Resilient Food Systems: The Chennai Urban Farming Initiative

The Chennai Resilience Centre (CRC) is an organization dedicated to building an ‘Enlightened, Just and Integrated’ Chennai. CRC is a unit of Care Earth Trust and is fostered by Resilient Cities ...
Canopy is eating local and sustainable towards food resilience in Singapore

Canopy is eating local and sustainable towards food resilience in Singapore

Canopy is a garden concept restaurant chain in the garden city of Singapore, boasting lush greenery & biophilic designs. Their location in the heart of nature in HortPark, Bishan Park as well as ...

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