Recovery is an important part of the cycle in the circular economy.

We are currently living in what is referred to as a ‘linear economy’. Products are manufactured, sold in shops and thrown away or burnt when they have been used. This follows the linear principle: Production – Use – Waste. The linear economy is characterised by a clear start and end to the financial flow.

This is a system that will not function forever, as the Earth has limited resources.

Unlike the linear economy, the circular economy is inspired by nature’s own cycle. The aim of a circular economy is for the capital in the economy to be rebuilt instead of ending up as waste. Products in a circular economy are designed so that they can be reused in a technical and/or biological cycle. This means that those parts of a product that cannot be composted or enter the biological cycle in some other way should be recovered and brought into the technical cycle.