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EPRS answers 3 key questions on circular economy

We are used to an economy based on a ‘take-make-consume-throw away’ pattern: this is the linear economy. When we recycle, repair, share, or when a company buys a service rather than a product, we speak of a circular economy. It is much more than just waste management 2.0.

To help stakeholders and citizens understand this growing policy area, Didier Bourguignon from the European Parliamentary Research Service is here to answer three key questions on circular economy:


To see recent EPRS work on the circular economy, view the:

The EPRS has also commissioned studies on the circular economy, including: