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Circular Economy / Sustainable Park Development

Circular EconomyDue to the impacts from China’s National Sword policy on the recyclables market, communities are looking for innovative and ambitious solutions geared towards alternative market options that fulfill their waste diversion or Zero-Waste objectives. One powerful response is the advancement of a more circular economy with the development of sustainable business parks or eco-industrial parks. These parks bring together businesses which create a value-added system where virgin resource inputs, wastes, emissions, and energy leakages are minimized. Following the Circular Economy waste management models, sustainable business parks narrow the material and energy loops to reduce loss; with landfilling as a small component and last resort.

Managing waste as part of a Circular Economy can be achieved through thoughtful design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, and recycling of stocks and materials flow. This approach contrasts the current one-time Linear Economy which is based on a ‘take, create, and dispose’ model of production and consumption.

GBB has the experience and expertise to help communities develop sustainable business parks that are securing markets for their waste materials.

Selected Project Descriptions

Development of Sustainable Business Park
Kent County, MI – The County has set a bold goal to divert 90% of County-generated trash that goes to landfills by 2030. Building a Sustainable Business Park is an essential part of reaching that goal, helping to significantly reduce trash buried in landfills and attract investment and jobs from companies that can convert waste into usable products. GBB is a proud Planning Partner of this project!

Development of Prince William County Eco-Park 
Prince William County, VA – The County is transforming, with GBB’s assistance, its award-winning landfill into a community resource by producing energy, recovering valuable materials and providing unique opportunities for education.

Related GBB Articles

Building Something Sustainable
Ashlea Smith, GBB Marketing Manager and Steve Faber, Byrum & Fisk West Michigan Team Leader
Waste Today – April 2019

Incentivizing Infrastructure for Sustainable Waste Solutions
Tom Reardon, GBB Vice President
Waste Today – April 2019

Creating an Industrial Ecosystem – Building a circular economy starting with what was supposed to be a landfill expansion
Steve Simmons, GBB President; Jennifer Porter, GBB Senior Project Manager; Kristen Wieland, Kent County Department of Public Works, Communications & Marketing Manager
MSW Management Magazine – January-February 2019

Circular Solutions to a Growing Recyclables Market Problem
Jennifer Porter, GBB Senior Project Manager
Waste Today – April 2018

Is the US Ready for a Paradigm Shift in Solid Waste Management?
Steve Simmons, GBB Senior Vice President
Waste Today – November – December 2017

Related GBB Presentations:

Imagine This! (Circular Economy and Sustainable Solutions in Solid Waste)
Jennifer Porter, GBB Vice President
Municipal Waste Management Association Fall Summit – October 2019

Advancing a More Circular Economy and the Reinvention of the Waste-to-Energy Industry through Sustainable Business Park Development
Tom Reardon, GBB Senior Vice President, and Jennifer Porter, GBB Senior Project Manager
Waste Conversion Technology Conference & Trade Show – June 2019

The Circular Economy: How Local Governments Can Close the Resource Loop
Corinne Rico, GBB Project Manager
Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association Conference – November 2018

Energy Recovery in Resource Recovery Parks: The Kent County, MI Project
Steve Simmons, GBB Senior Vice President
Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council Bi-Annual Conference – October 2018

Making Space for Sustainability: A Kent County Case Study
Jennifer Porter, GBB Senior Project Manager and Kristen Wieland, Kent County Department of Public Works, Communications & Marketing Manager
Michigan Recycling Coalition Conference – May 2018

Sustainable Business Parks – A Circular Economy
Chris Lund, P.E., GBB Senior Vice President
Virginia Recycling Association / SWANA Old Dominion Joint Solid Waste and Recycling Conference – May 2018

Kent County, MI, Resource Recovery Park
Steve Simmons, GBB Senior Vice President
Renewable Energy from Waste Conference – October 2017

Circular Economy Actions: Cities and Solid Waste Management
Steve Simmons, GBB Senior Vice President
Sustainability and Circular Economy Summit – June 2017

Key Lessons to Draw from the Development of the Prince William Energy Park
Tom Reardon, GBB Vice President
NAWTEC – April 2013