Circular Economy Working Group

The Circular Economy Working Group (CEWG) will support the City of Toronto's goal of moving toward a zero waste future and a Circular Economy as set out in the Council approved Long Term Waste Management Strategy. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, "Circular Economy" aims for the elimination of waste through the superior design of materials, products, systems and business models. The CEWG will be supported and facilitated by the City's Solid Waste Management Services Division and Public Consultation Unit.


Members of the committee are expected to:

  • Represent their sector or organization's perspective when providing input at key program planning stages as Toronto moves towards becoming the Province's first circular city.
  • Liaise with and provide input to City Staff in Solid Waste Management Services, and potentially other City divisions, on the development of initiatives and programs that support a Circular Economy and the adoption of circular practices.
  • Provide insight, share feedback on circular economies.
  • Consider matters relevant to the delivery of Solid Waste Management programs.
  • Promote and share information on relevant Solid Waste Management programs and issues.

Term of office

Circular Economy Working Group members will serve a maximum of three years.

Committee size and composition

Membership of the CEWG shall be comprised of around 40 members from local businesses and community groups across the City of Toronto. Applicants who do not reside in Toronto, but have a vested relationship or interest in the City will also be considered.

Qualifications for Membership

In addition to the general eligibility requirements set out in the Public Appointments Policy, members should collectively bring the following skills and expertise to the committee:

  • Expertise and the ability to provide representation from one or more of the following sectors: art, communications/media, construction and development, property management, design, environment, fashion and textiles, hospitality, food and beverage, food waste, manufacturing, recycling, waste management, academia and research, retail, share/swap/repair, small business, technology or another field considered relevant by the City.
  • An interest in Circular Economy and economic, environmental and social prosperity.

Time Commitment and Meetings

The Circular Economy Working Group will meet at least four times a year. CEWG members may be expected to participate in smaller working groups and workshops within the CEWG as necessary, with variable expected time commitments up to 10 hours per month.

Each meeting is expected to last approximately three hours and to be held during the day.


Membership is voluntary and a public service. Members will not be remunerated or receive an honorarium.

Related links


The current and historical Appointments for this body.