Transforming existing local ecosystems to circular economy ecosystems for plastics: the case of the PlastiCity ecosystem

Virginie Litaudon*, Yiran Chen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper discusses the transition toward a circular economy ecosystem (CEE) for plastics by assessing and mapping existing ecosystems and coordinating efforts among ecosystem actors. The PlastiCity ecosystem is used as a case study. The study employs ecosystem analysis and mapping to identify the new activities and actors needed to transition toward a CEE. These include local and eco-friendly transportation, plastic recycling knowledge management, and upgrading the existing recycling infrastructure. The findings emphasize the significance of the joint orchestration of ecosystem actors facilitated by an ecosystem coordinator and knowledge team to achieve a CEE. It presents a tangible and feasible approach to achieving a local plastic CEE. The policymakers are encouraged to support collaborative orchestration efforts among ecosystem actors and establish knowledge management practices that facilitate ecosystem transitions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Industrial Ecology
Early online date27 Jul 2023
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Publication statusEarly online - 27 Jul 2023

Keywords

  • circular business model
  • circular economy ecosystem
  • ecosystem mapping
  • industrial ecology
  • multi-actor collaboration
  • plastic recycling

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