Circular Economy / Sustainable Park Development

Circular EconomyIn light of China's National Sword, communities are looking for innovative and ambitious solutions geared towards a Circular Economy and the development of Sustainable Parks stimulates the evolution towards the goal of having a value-added system in which virgin resource inputs, wastes, emissions, and energy leakages are minimized by slowing, closing, and narrowing material and energy loops to eliminate loss. With Landfilling as a smaller component and last resort.

This 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 Parks that are securing markets for their waste materials. 

Stephen SimmonsContact Steve Simmons, GBB Senior Vice President (703-573-5800 /, to discuss how GBB can assist in implementing Circular Economy strategies and in developing sustainable parks as part of integrated solid waste management systems.

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

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:

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., PSS, 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

Public-Private Partnership for AD & Composting Project in Prince William County, VA
Ljupka Arsova, GBB Senior Consultant
BioCycle REFOR 2016 – October 2016

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