Government plans to ‘change geometry’ on circular economy
Negotiations for the European Union’s Circular Economy Package have been ongoing for almost 16 months since the European Commission published it in December 2015, and it is believed that Defra sees Brexit as an opportunity to bypass what it calls the ‘Brussels bureaucracy’ and develop its own geometric economy to maximise efficiency.
A source told Resource: “Years of in-depth consultation have led to the conclusion that a circular economy is just not feasible. As we take greater control of our future and the way that we operate, the government has resolved to instead focus on developing a trapezoidal red, white and blue economy that reflects British values and British ways of operating.”
A large part of the government’s eschewing of the circular economy model is thought to be around increasing the simplicity of the new economy’s potential implementation: “You sometimes see diagrams of the circular economy that have several curves on them, and we felt that the convoluted nature of that would make it hard to implement in practice. Instead, we have gone for a simpler design that anyone can understand.”
Sources also say that the shape has been designed to be flexible to suit different materials, with organic resources travelling clockwise around the trapezoid and inorganic materials going counter clockwise.
The source added: “And it tessellates, for greater replicability in the local and regional industrial/social/ecological dynamic.
“The key to changing the way we treat resources, and ultimately how we maximise their potential for our Great British industry is getting the public to buy in, and we feel that this new ‘Trapezoidal Economy’ can be quickly and easily ingrained into the public psyche. We will be asking local authorities to incorporate simple materials into their communications strategies to convey this.”
When asked how this plan will help conserve resources and create environmental benefits for the future, the government source said: “The environment? Oh... the government is committed to ensuring that we become the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.”