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The mill at Gayle in Wensleydale in the autumn. Photography by Wendy McDonnell

D8 – Circular Economy

Develop and implement ‘Circular Economy’ strategies that reduce litter and waste in the National Park, and increase re-cycling in line with the National Waste Strategy.


How are we doing on this objective

Progress: Overall, household waste recycling increased slightly (from 40% to 40.5%), with improvements in 4 of the 5 district council areas that include parts of the National Park.


Rationale:  Circular product life cycles are a sustainable alternative to the traditional linear life cycle of ‘make, use and dispose’.  The aim is to extract maximum use from a product thereby minimising waste.  For example, by designing it to last a long time, by reducing packaging, by reusing products, repairing them and maximising the capacity for recycling.  This objective seeks to apply this philosophy to litter and waste generation in the National Park

Lead partnersCraven District Council; Eden District Council; Richmondshire District Council; South Lakeland District Council; North Yorkshire County Council; Cumbria County Council; Lancashire County Council;

Supporting partnersYorkshire Dales National Park Authority;

Further information:    North Yorkshire LEP;

Cost over 5 years:           n/a

Funding shortfall:          n/a

Related objectives:        B8; C3; E9; F6

Ecosystem services:    Climate regulation; Energy source

Trade-offs:    None

Baseline: Average weighted constituent District rate for recycling household waste was 41.2% (2017/18)